Stonewall didn’t spark the gay rights movement

(Now a piece in JSTOR Daily, the blog of your favorite academic digital library) Stonewall was not the spark that ignited the gay rights movement, despite what you may hear during this year’s 50th anniversary commemorations. The story is well known: how a routine police raid of a mafia-owned gay bar in New York City … More Stonewall didn’t spark the gay rights movement

“Weaponization”: The Metaphor That Rejects Politics

N.B.: This post is now a draft article under review by a journal available here. The scandal about Cambridge Analytica’s theft of Facebook data for political marketing is often described as the “weaponization of social media.” On March 25, 2018, Meet the Press‘ Chuck Todd asked Senator Mark Warner if Steve Bannon’s company was designed … More “Weaponization”: The Metaphor That Rejects Politics

Small City Gay Bars and Big City Urbanism

(This piece became a peer-reviewed journal article in 2020, available here) Just presented at the Eastern Sociological Society in the Small Cities miniconference. The slides for my presentation are here. They detail the 9 ways that small city gay bars are different from big city gay bars, and what small city gay bars teach us … More Small City Gay Bars and Big City Urbanism