About

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Hey girl.  Let’s smash white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy, want to?

I’m Stephanie Bryson. I’m an 80’s queer activist and cultural studies theorist turned social work professor.  I’m also a breadwinner, the wife of a wife, and the mother of two quirky girls–one of whom identifies strongly with Tina Belcher on Bob’s Burgers.

Occasionally I screenprint cat t-shirts, compose repetitive music on a Casio keyboard I bought my kids but rarely let them use, write about popular culture and social movements, and scrawl lazy, half-finished poems on scraps of paper. All of that and more lives here.

The name of the blog actually showed up in my head one day, then when I foraged in the internets, I found this great paper by  Kristin Stock at Massey University on ontology languages used in computer science. Here is my favorite quote and the point of this blog, which is to embrace the rhizomatic character of social justice in the 21st century:

By definition, ontologies as currently used represent shared conceptualisations. That is, they are designed to hold the semantics of a group of people or information community. Members of such a community are likely to share some common semantics for the concepts concerned, hence their definition as an information community. However, an individual’s cognitive model is a product of his or her background, language, culture, education and life experiences, so even within an information community, views of the world differ. The creation of a shared conceptualisation dilutes such individual variation and forces members of an information community to describe domain concepts using a single world view…

… The homogenisation of ways of looking at the world may result in the loss of thoughts and ideas that come from unusual and innovative thinking, and that sometimes arise from the friction between different ways of thinking. This concern about ontologies is similar to the concern about domination of the English language at the expense of other languages and the resulting loss of intellectual diversity…

COVER ART CREDIT: “Tiger Man” is by KyzKrus of Deviant Art. It more than fulfilled the fantasies I had of a tiger man while listening to Goldfrapp’s song of the same name.