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On Giving a Shit: Excremental Values in the Human and Life Sciences

This paper was given at Aarhus University on 21st April 2017. I am grateful to Thomas Erslev and Casper Andersen for the opportunity to develop this work. 4,593 more words

Disjecta Membra

Shabbat Shemini: What's Kosher and What's Treyf

This week in parashat Shemini the Torah sets out the law of kashrut, the ancient Israelite guide to good eating. At first glance, you may assume that you will be given a list of what’s kosher and what’s treyf. 797 more words

Menotoxin - when menstruation can kill?

In the 1920s there was a serious medical debate about an invisible substance called ‘menotoxin’. This was believed to exist in menstrual blood; it could blight flowers and prevent jam from setting, and bread from rising. 673 more words

Menstruation

Femeia-i o erezie! Pledoarie pentru feminism

Ne naștem cu o grămadă de bube-n cap, burieni ce continuu trebuie dubdite(rupte) din grădina noastră. Asta e una din primele porunci din Geneza: să-ngrijim grădina! 545 more words

Tradiție

Trump, Fundamentalist Christians, and Exclusion.

Trump’s emphasis of immigration is really resonating with his base.  Of course!  His base really likes the idea of purging the American soul of “impurity”, not realizing that the real “impurity” lies within its own soul.  315 more words

Christianity

Trump, the GOP, and Projection

Trump’s emphasis of immigration is really resonating with his base.  Of course!  His base really likes the idea of purging the American soul of “impurity”, not realizing that the real “impurity” lies within its own soul.  299 more words

Republican Party

Purity and Danger in the American Body

It’s certainly been, to use a relatively neutral word, an “eventful” week. Chaos is a better way to describe it. The fallout of the executive order (EO) on the travel ban has shown that the order sits at the intersection of a series of pressure points that connect intimately held, widely polarized, and (for many) previously unexamined values, conflating debates regarding human rights, domestic safety, immigration, religious tolerance, the person of Trump, propaganda, checks and balances in our government, and the failures of our political system, to name but a few. 1,144 more words