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hegemony do doo da-do-do hegmony do do da-do hegemony do doo da-do-do da-do-do da-do-do da-do-do do do do do do do do! (of course sung to the tune of me-nah-me-nah) in my vision of the world–hejemonsters uproot, expose, destabilize, and perhaps sing in the general direction of cultural, social, political, economic and other forms of hegemony. i am jen, a hejemonster.

of course, here is the trick…there is no outside of the hegemony, no distancing oneself from the norms that produce us, and the sociopolitical systems that surround and embody us. there’s no there there. what a f*ckin’ bummer! all of this has been said before by people much wiser than me. critical race theorists, critical feminists of color, transnational feminists, just super smarty pants kind of people, peace, love, and liberation love-nics, you know the types~resisters, liberationsists, transformers (not the robots), teachers, activists, artists, musicians, etc.

ok…so that’s my path…i’m jen, a hejemonster…not THE hejemonster, a hejemonster…and i’m committed to a daily, moment to moment, monstering of first and foremost my actions, words, deeds, and then those around me. when i say that, to some it can sound kind of arduous and boring! sometimes i feel boring and bored. however, the only spiritual path i understand and that matters to me is that of love and connection. so…a hejemonster i am because it is the path to deconstructing hegemonic institutions and systems that police, define, and separate us (and by us i mean all human beings and the earth) and rebuilding love and connection that unify us. again, smarter people have said this. Further, anyone who has worked for social/economic justice and triumphed…was led by love and peace.

so, blah, blah, blah, hejemonster, love, stuff and such. i also do, be, and think about other things too. i’m a white (german, english, french…a little european hopscotch) 42-year-old gender queer queer person partnered to meg at grow&resist and the director of this awesome place. i’m mama to one bad ass, amazing, funny, active, alive, curious, confident (and on and on I go) little girl. i’m a lifelong elite athlete who is not only aging, but dealing with a metabolic disorder that is testing my ability to understand myself as someone with a disability another disability. i’m a resistant perfectionist which means i understand that i am not perfect, believe i should not have to be perfect, and yet crave perfection and beat myself up with i am not perfect. i’m a stand up comic. i am entirely overly educated, which really means that I grew up upper-middle class with the privilege of going to college and then i meandered through two masters degrees until i figured out i really wanted a phd in social welfare…actually social disruption & transformation (if that were a discipline) truth be told.

alright…this is getting super long….so….i will stop here. i will now use the sexy line that snagged my partner and i hope it snags you too: if you are interested, follow-along and maybe we can dialogue sometime.

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