Frann Michel's blog

Campus Equity Week


Campus Equity Week is dedicated to addressing one particular inequity among the many inequities of life in the neoliberal age, and on the neoliberal campus: the increasing turn toward part-time and temporary positions among university teaching faculty.

Candida Royalle, feminist pornographer

[photo by Arthur Cohen]
for the Old Mole Variety Hour October 5, 2015

When I was a child, the women's liberation movement was a vibrant and visible force, but by the late 1970s and early 1980s, the women's movement was fracturing and faltering.  Just as I was starting to navigate for myself some of the currents of adult sexuality, some of the most prominent feminist activists were focused on the dangers of pornography.  Not the church, not the state, not capitalism, but images of naked people having sex were somehow to blame for much of women's oppression. 

solidarity: looking back with pride & forward with hope & vision

For the Old Mole Variety Hour 15 June 2015

This past weekend Portland Pride Northwest coordinated a series of events--including the trans and dyke marches, the pride parade, a festival at waterfront park, and more.

Rethinking the school-to-military pipeline

A version of this is part of the Old Mole Variety Hour  for 25 May 2015

Today is Memorial Day, so we're talking about memory, and the military, as well as about education and labor. All of those institutions arose in their modern disciplinary forms in the 18th century, along with the rise of capitalism. The process of disciplining bodies through the school, the army, the factory, were all parts of the process of extracting maximum surplus value from the populace. But what begins as a series of closed systems has now become an assemblage of techniques of control that interpenetrate and overlap. Take, for instance, education and the military.

On "Everyday Rebellion"

On the May 11, 2015 Old Mole Variety Hour, Hyung Nam and I discuss Everyday Rebellion, a "cross-media documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide." 

WRR: Against Teach for America


It has come to my attention that not everyone has heard the criticisms of Teach for America that have been raised in recent years. Since the end of this month marks one of their due dates for applications, I want to take this opportunity to advise those considering applying for the program, or considering writing recommendation letters for those who are applying, to think carefully about these critiques, which argue that the program is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and, most persuasively to my mind, bad for public education in the United States.

Gentrification and the Right to the City

The well-read red has been reading about gentrification, as well as seeing plenty of it. 

WRR Feast and Famine, or Culinary Capitalism

For the Old Mole Variety Hour September 15, 2014

Coming to Portland this week is the series of food and drink events called Feast Portland.  It starts Thursday with  something called a "sandwich invitational," for which tickets cost $95, and  the weekend includes tastings, classes, and dinners, with events ranging from 55 to 200 dollars. 
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