When Men Were Men–No Offense

Originally posted on Open Salon on May 8, 2011:            Last week I was in an department meeting when the topic turned to families in the 1950s.  One of my colleagues remarked, “Yes, well, that was when men were men.”            Attention immediately shifted to me, the only man in the department.  “No offense, Paul.  I’m not talking [...]

How I Dress at Work

 Originally published on Open Salon on April 9, 2011:            Recently, I have given a great deal of thought to a particular tendency in our culture that has powerful implications, not only for my work as a teacher, but also for society as a whole.  A personal anecdote serves as an introduction.            For about twenty years [...]