The main purpose of this blog is to explore social justice issues and create interesting debate and dialogue. A secondary purpose is to expand my skills as a writer and ability to express myself. This page features a selection of posts that I am particularly proud of and that I think represent some of the “best” of ZackFord Blogs and my personal insights. If you’ve arrived at ZackFord Blogs for the first time, then this will serve as a great introduction to my writing. I also hope you will share these posts with others, as I feel they are some of my best contributions to the blogosphere. Enjoy!
The Christian Questionnaire (January 8, 2009)
I explore the question of how many conservative Christians believe that being gay is a choice, but it’s actually being Christian that’s a choice.
The Legacy of Harvey Milk (January 10, 2009)
I reflect on the film Milk and how meaningful Harvey Milk is to me, using Milk’s actual quotes to convey why he inspires me. It also includes a video featuring an excerpt of one of his speeches.
The Burden of Awareness (January 16, 2009)
After a week full of emotional triggers, I reflect on how difficult it can be to constantly be a social justice advocate. It was a very personal entry that I hope others can maybe relate to.
When identities don’t just defy norms, they supercede them (February 5, 2009)
Reflecting on a workshop I attended at the Creating Change conference, I discuss the ideas of fluid identities in gender and sexuality and how the notion of “choice” should be irrelevant to how we respect difference.
Why I Work in LGBT Affairs (February 20, 2009)
After an episode of Tyra featured gay men who hate being gay, I reflected on why education and advocacy is so important, including the impact of my own coming out during college on my decision to work with LGBT college students as a career.
Misunderstanding Affirmative Action (March 2, 2009)
This post demonstrates my passion for journalism, social justice advocacy, education, and making connections to the work that I do in higher education. It is based on an “Affirmative Action bake sale” at Purdue University.
The Iowa Marriage Decision
» Today For You, Tomorrow For Me? (April 2, 2009) – Reflecting on the eve of equality.
» Marriage Equality in Iowa. (April 3, 2009) – An analysis of the decision.
After a hiatus from blogging, I return to address some of the frustrating memes (quotables) that people use to defend religious beliefs.
An Atheist Who Loves Gospel Music (May 19, 2009)
I reflect on what it means to be a classically trained musician, an atheist, and a huge fan of Gospel music. This post even includes two recordings of some of my past performances.
I begin resisting the momentum behind “spiritual development” in higher education by critiquing an article by Alexander Astin, head researcher of the Spirituality in Higher Education research project.
Using new concepts, I reconceive Dawkins’ “scale” of belief to draw distinctions between true atheists and those who try to assert there is no God.
Brüno: It Takes Silly Absurdities to Reveal Harsh Realities (July 10, 2009)
After an early screening of Brüno, I explore the artistic message of using exaggerated “queerface” to portray the absurdity of homophobia as opposed to the way “queerface” has previously been used to normalize gay identities.
Outaversary: 5 Years Since I Let Myself Be Me (July 19, 2009)
On the 5-year anniversary of the day I came out, I reflect on the experience and the profound effect it had on my life.
Why Don’t We Learn From Our Villains? (August 7, 2009)
I muse about villains from our favorite fantasies and how they contrast from what we truly value in the real world.
There will be more to come!
Here are some other pages on the blog that I am proud of and update from time to time:
My poetry archive contains several personal reflections in verse. I claim no mastery of poetry, but I hope my efforts might be appreciated.
The Terminology page is my attempt to help my readers understand the language that I’m using. Since I am an educator at heart and in practice, I want to provide as many resources to others as possible. This page will help you better understand some of the language I use and concepts I refer to throughout the blog.
The Meme Collection is a newer page here. On it, I collect quotable fallacies that are regular part of political commentary in the mainstream media and blogosphere, particularly related to social justice. Learn more about memes and see what I’m talking about!
Also, don’t forget to check out my collection of Friday Fundamentalist Farce Files, which regularly debunk stories from OneNewsNow.com, a Christian fundamentalist “news”letter: