Peter says, "Um, I kinda knew when I was fifteen. But I never did anything before I turned nineteen." He sips from his rum and coke.
"Did you have a lesbian phase in college?" I ask wryly. Everyone laughs, but Peter's is the only sound I listen for. When the laughter dies, Peter smacks his lips and looks quickly around the table, obviously not sure what to say next.
He clears his throat. "What about you, Toni?"
Toni adjusts an invisible crown topping his bald head. "I've been a bottom since the day I was born, honey."
Bryan guffaws, his big hands pressing into his large stomach. He puts a hand on Toni's shoulder and coos, with another toothy smile, "Toni, honey, everyone gets spanked at birth. That doesn't make you a bottom!"
Mica starts their turn before Bryan interjects to take on the role of micromanager. Read More
Education, or the act of teaching, can be an art form in itself, much like social practice, the theater, and other forms of performance. Though pedagogy may not often think of itself as art, teaching is, at its core, a performance: teachers tend to develop personalities that they exhibit solely while teaching, and the performative medium of pedagogy could be knowledge. Educators inhabit a uniquely political space, regardless of experience, skill level, time in the field, or what subject(s) they teach—in a way they are local-level politicians. They have direct influences on the minds of those they are responsible for educating, and are typically funded through public, governmentally mandated means. They are culture creators, propagators, warriors, defenders—the ultimate gatekeepers of culture in the real world. Educators themselves are educated. They often teach from a place of passion—and what might successful art be at its core, if not intentionally manifest passion? Read More