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Entries in violence (2)


Video From Grimposium Panel

Early last month I participated in a panel discussion at aQuarius Records called "Sexual Violence & Misogyny in Literary & Lyrical Frameworks," moderated by Decibel Magazine writer Justin M. Norton and including panelists Daniel Butler and Leila Abdul-Rauf of Vastum, feminist scholar Brad Nelson and psychoanalyst Jason Wallin. The panel was part of Concordia scholar Vivek Venkatesh's Grimposium series. It was a lively, interesting conversation, and you can now see the whole thing on video below:

West Side Gory panel discussion at aQuarius recOrds from Grimposium on Vimeo.




"The Myth of Teen Violence and Spiritual Paths"

Having interviewed people from all walks of life to understand what creates the cultural myths of violence surrounding teens, a big trend noted in her work is young people turning from organized religion to earth-based belief systems. According to Winegarner, teens by nature "break away, to seek their independence and try on new things, because they're in the process of learning who they are." She noted that often those raised with a specific religion may strike out from that religion simply because it's been a part of their lives and their families for so long. Teens raised without a specific spirituality may seek one out because they want something new.

Author and shaman Kelley Harrell interviewed me for a new piece on Huffington Post published yesterday. Follow the link to see the full article.