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As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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Reading Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen”

Reading Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen”

From page 49: “Not long ago you are in a room where some­one asks the philoso­pher Judith But­ler what makes lan­guage hurtful…Our very being expos­es us to the address of oth­ers, she answers. We suf­fer from the con­di­tion of being address­able. Our emo­tion­al open­ness, she adds, is car­ried by our address­abil­i­ty. Lan­guage nav­i­gates this.” “For […]

Claiming The Politics of My Survival: A Male Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Tells His Story

This talk was the sec­ond time dur­ing the 30 years I’ve been teach­ing at Nas­sau Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege that I spoke pub­licly about being a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. The first time, I spoke out as a pro­fes­sor in order to make room for my stu­dents to speak about their expe­ri­ence; this time, I was able not only to tell my sto­ry, but to make an argu­ment for why male sur­vivors should nev­er be exclud­ed from con­ver­sa­tions about sex­u­al vio­lence.

National Poetry Month, #MeToo, Leaving Neverland, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month—All In The Same Post

National Poetry Month, #MeToo, Leaving Neverland, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month—All In The Same Post

On Feb­ru­ary 27th, at the invi­ta­tion of 1in6, an orga­ni­za­tion that advo­cates for male-iden­ti­­­fied sur­vivors of sex­u­al vio­lence, I attend­ed the Oprah Win­frey screen­ing of Leav­ing Nev­er­land, the doc­u­men­tary in which James Safechuck and Wade Rob­son tell their sto­ries of being sex­u­al­ly abused by Michael Jack­son when they were chil­dren. Watch­ing the film, espe­cial­ly in a room filled […]

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