Friday, April 29, 2016
While on the one hand, I think descriptors about race, gender, vocation, etc. can be stereotyping and limiting, on the other hand, I appreciate identifying myself with certain characteristics. And I think the problem with telling our stories via descriptors is not when we start there, but when we end there. I want the fact that I'm a multi-ethnic Christian woman in graduate school (etc. etc.) to start conversations, not end them.
So in your virtual mailbox today is a Census Bureau pamphlet, expanded. In this particular mailing, "check all that apply" is standard, and filling in little multiple-choice bubbles is just the beginning. I'd love to hear--do you identify with any of this? What descriptors do you claim? We are more than the sum of our parts--more than just data points--yet, those survey questions matter.
What is your ethnic identity? (check all that apply)
What is your religious affiliation? (check all that apply)
What is your gender identity? (check all that apply)
What is your current career/educational status? (check all that apply)
What is your political affiliation? (check all that apply)
What is your marital status? Do you have children in the home? (check all that apply)
What is your favorite color? (check all that apply)
Monday, April 18, 2016
Dear Little Critter,
I'm angry that even though I truly believe that Christ has won, we are still in the "here and not yet" of it all. That we feel, as I heard it said once, the "death throes" of satan as he thrashes around trying to take down with him whomever he can. I'm angry that we still bleed, and die, and sin, and feel grief.