Links to My Recent Writing on Other Sites


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This blog is less active these days because I’m busy writing for other publications including The Establishment, Decoder, and Huffington Post. Here are my most recent published pieces:

Who Are the Real “Victims” Here? On Trigger Warnings, Defensiveness and Anti-PC Hysteria, Medium, May 26, 2016

Our culture despises anything we perceive of as “vulnerability,” “weakness” and “victimhood” because we categorize these experiences as “feminine,” but where is the true weakness here? On the part of survivors and feminists developing tools to help everyone navigate the world with more openness, curiosity and understanding? Or on the part of a fragile ego which is triggered into a sputtering, adolescent rage upon being exposed to ideas like “privilege” and “rape culture”?

True Confessions of a White Supremacist, The Establishment, May 10, 2016

Racism is not a quality that very many of us would put into our idealized versions of self, and so the idea that we are capable of being racist, or that we might even be white supremacists deep down in our kind, well-meaning souls, is something we have a very deep aversion to confronting head-on. … But pointing a finger at everyone but ourselves is an exercise in self-righteousness, not an antidote to the deep foundation of white supremacy underlying and permeating our entire culture.

LIVE REPORT: M. Geddes Gengras @ Rare Air, Decoder Magazine, May 5, 2016

There’s no shortage of modular gear-heads making electronic music these days, but Gengras stands head and shoulders above the crowd for his inventiveness and melodic lyricism. It isn’t easy to make synthesizer music sound beautiful, unexpected, and even uplifting all at once, and Gengras’s ability to do just that sets him apart as a giant in the field.

The Next Sexual Revolution: Why Today’s Queer Teens Give Me Hope for the Future, Huffington Post, March 29, 2016

How much of the trauma our society continually inflicts on itself is rooted in our collective sexual repression? How much of our reactionary conservatism can be traced to the time someone desperately wanted to reach under the covers and feel a reciprocal connection, but couldn’t? The implications of a generation of kids who feel empowered to explore their own identities and desires with openness and self-acceptance rather than repression and self-loathing are nothing short of revolutionary, and there is evidence that this revolution is already underway.

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~ by emilypothast on May 29, 2016.

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