Month: January 2020

  • ’twas the night before Brexit

    ’twas the night before Brexit

      I feel like I should write something to commemorate Brexit Eve, but honestly I feel like everything I want to say has already been said. Three-and-a-half years ago I wrote on this blog why, despite a deep Euroscepticism, I believed people should vote Remain. Then, after the referendum, I encouraged people to get on […]

  • Skylar reads… “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg

    Skylar reads… “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg

    “Skylar reads…” is a new series of book reviews by writer Skylar Baker-Jordan. Each book will be scored on a scale of “one book” to “five books”, with five being the best. I picked up Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg for the reason most people will have bought the book—to get to know him […]

  • Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, and who gets to show emotion in American politics

    Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, and who gets to show emotion in American politics

    I suspect the similar double standard experienced by Hillary Clinton and—it must be said, to a lesser degree—Pete Buttigieg is rooted in the same patriarchal, misogynist notions about how women and gay men behave. It’s why when a straight man gets angry, he’s “passionate,” when a gay man gets angry, he’s “dramatic,” and when a woman gets angry, she’s “hysterical.”

  • We need to talk about sexism and Bernie Sanders

    We need to talk about sexism and Bernie Sanders

    Bernie Sanders doesn’t think a woman can be elected president. At least, that’s what Elizabeth Warren says he told her, in her own home, in December 2018. “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate,” Warren said on Monday. “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.” […]

  • Harry and Meghan quit their shitty job, and you should too

    Harry and Meghan quit their shitty job, and you should too

    In deciding that the unrealistic expectations set by those around them—from the press to “the firm” (as the Crown is known within Buckingham Palace) to trolls on social media—was not worth the hassle, Meghan and Harry have set an example for people around the world who are fed up with their miserable, high-pressure, low-reward jobs.

  • Why I’m supporting Jess Phillips for Labour leader

    Why I’m supporting Jess Phillips for Labour leader

    With a common touch and good-natured attitude towards people of all political persuasions, Jess is the right woman for this crucial moment in the history of the Labour Party and the history of the United Kingdom. She is the woman to lead Labour out of the wilderness and back onto the path to electoral victory.

  • Mine Eyes Have Seen (a short story)

    I recently found this story I wrote in 2008 for a creative writing class I took in college. Given the current tensions with Iran, I thought it was worth sharing.   O’ beautiful, for heroes prove In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God […]