In this post, I'm going to attempt to digest my own experience of shame in terms of disability and the larger context that surrounds it. Similar to my previous post, a lot of this draws on the essay “Constructing Normalcy: The Bell Curve, the Novel, and the Invention of the Disabled Body in the Nineteenth Century” … Continue reading Disability and Shame
All of the other posts I've written about the legacy we've inherited from the Puritans have been more about sexual codes of conduct, gender equality, and the shadow of the witch trials. While all of those are important parts of our colonial shadow, eclipsed only by the genocide of Native Americans, there's one more structure … Continue reading The Living Tension of the Ordained Hierarchy
How would you describe the witch trials to a teenage foreign exchange student?
I'm doing a lot of reading and research into the Cultural Shadow, and I'm not the only one seeing this connection. I've mentioned before that we've inherited a lot of old, unexamined beliefs from the Puritans. I didn't realize, until I started digging into it, just how deep our inheritance went. Puri-- Wha? History lesson time … Continue reading A Puritanical Legacy
I'm skipping ahead in the timeline to the roughly 4,000 racial terror lynchings of black people that occurred all over the US between 1877 and 1950. Most of these happened in the American South, but not all. Lynchings are still very much in our cultural shadow. And it's something that most people squirm away from and … Continue reading Lynchings- A Step Forward
When you do shadow work with your therapist, often you delve back into your earliest memories and the structure of your family. So, if we're doing the USA's Cultural Shadow work, then the obvious place to start is with the people who lived on this continent to begin with. Hint: They weren't European. I'm going to … Continue reading Colonists Slaughtered Native Americans