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Blogging in Review


So this past year, I did very little blogging…that is until the end of the year. It was a huge work year for me and I did work to stay true to my resolutions for 2014. These included more family time and being kinder to myself,  doing a pull-up, head stands in yoga, and learning to play “Timber” on the harmonica. While I feel completely short on learning to play “Timber.” I did at one point master the headstand–then quitting yoga and my pull-up is sooooo close–it will surely be mastered this year).  I think I was overall more kind to myself and definitely worked less hours.  I probably shouldn’t own up to that but I think it is important to distinguish working less hours and by learning to become more efficient–to which I think I did.

Balancing family-work-self is no small task.  I did however get more comfortable with writing in shorter lengths of time–my typical 3-4 hours sessions reduced to 2 hours or less. However, my “start-up” time is still about 20-30 minutes.  This is the amount of time it takes me to get in the mind set to write and includes my morning writing ritual. I suppose I could cut this in half, however I clearly do not want to and consider this a part of my “me time.”

Two things had to give this year for me to stay true to my family-work-self goals. The first is my running decreased immensely. In 2013, I ran weekly if not more often, this past year I dropped to monthly. Also, my 2012 goal to blog more fell away. I just didn’t have the time in balancing my other obligations. In thinking about 2013 and this year, I feel like I did pretty good and made good decisions for myself and my family. I can deal with running less and regarding the blogging, the real goal was to put my self out there more.

toblogSo while I did in fact blog less, I do feel I still put myself out there. In fact, very little blogging occurred on this site and took place in other venues. To catch everyone up, here is a quick review of my blogs from this year that did not take place here. I believe they offer sociological substance and ideally quality over quantity.


LumberDPower, Pomp, and Plaid: Lumbersexuals and White Heteromasculine Pageantry   with Tristan Bridges

Professional Football: A Queer/Masculine Paradox

Sociological Images Christmas Film Review: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

What I learned this year about blogging, is that I prefer to sociologically blog for more established sites more than on my own site. As such, it is very likely this blog will become more about my various other interests primarily regarding academia, productivity, my own research, along with my own adventures with blogging and social media.

Lastly, I am particularly grateful to Tristan Bridges, Lisa Wade, and CJ Pascoe in supporting, guiding, and stimulating my interests in public sociology.




Album Review: Tay Tay 1989


I’m ready to report back on the new Tay Tay album: Basically it is definitely more of a dance album than country. It most reminds me of Tegan and Sarah’s most recent Heartthrob album, with hints and tones of a synthesized Jaymay, Americanized Robyn, La Roux, and Enya/Bastille chants?…but not at all. Think some of Justice’s dance too.

Of course tay tay herself is extremely prevalent in voice especially, but overall it feels like an update of all those drive songs in the 80s and 90s and more like a group than a single voice.

GAs* also add: “It kinda reminds me of the 80s, but I guess that is what the title 1989 is about, the end of an era.” “I hear Enya.” Tiffany has been mentioned along with beats of 3 doors down, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop and Neon Trees. “Savage Garden!” jk I think but cant tell if they mean that one.

No one has guessed it was Tay Tay and one was upset she liked it.


Legal Recognition of Gay Families Could Improve Outcome for Children

Today the Houston Chronicle published my first op-ed.  Co-authored with Amanda Baumle, we wanted to speak to what I think is fast becoming an infamous article that was claiming to find difference between parents who have had same-sex relationships and those who have not. The article’s findings insinuated that parents who had had a same-sex relationship were less good compared to those that hadn’t.  This sparked a heated academic debate on the blogosphere and among my academic colleagues in large part due to its questionable methods and polar opposite findings from what the greater discipline at large has found in the past or would expect to be find–that based on sexual orientation LGBT/Queer parents do not significantly differ all that much form their heterosexual counterparts.

And to think that I almost didn’t write anything at all! I thought I was late to the party.  Most of my concerns with the article were being addressed, but then this article and its findings became sensational news and made it to the lay audience. I have been told, though I did not witness it first hand, that it was covered on various news channels in TX and picked up by the View and other national media sources. At this point, I really wanted to speak to the issue, especially within my home state where friends, family, colleagues, and the queer community has been so supportive of me and my work. Furthermore, the research partner and I knew we had something extra to contribute with our current work that qualitatively addresses structural constraints, especially as related to the law, on lgbt families.

I do not want to re-hash the article or its merits/lack of merits here…as I feel most of my concerns have been addressed. As such, I thought I would just link to our commentaries and my favorite commentaries from others for y’all to check out.

From my keyboard, you can check out the op-ed (linked above) and my co-authored post on Social (In)queery:  How Not to Study Families.

From others, I really like this piece from the Atlantic along with two posts from Philip N. Cohen’s Family Inequality blogBad Science on top of Stigma for lesbian and gay parents and Time Travel: Regnerus study timeline suggests superhuman abilities. These pieces really outline the overall story surrounding the article, my academic and methodological concerns, along with the structural issues at hand–sociologically and politically.

It has also been covered in the following:  The Washington Times (where I first heard about it), the New York Times, and Slate has a whole series of articles on the topics beginning here including responses from Regnerus.