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Blog posts April 2014

The constant struggle to be recognized as humans

Francisco Miraval In my daily activities I frequently meet people who, because of their presence or their absence, their achievements or their failures, struggled to be recognized as humans, something that it seems it is more difficult than ever to achieve. In her book Undoing Gender, Judi…

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La lucha para ser aceptados como personas

Francisco Miraval En mis tareas de todos los días constantemente veo cómo las personas luchan para que,  por su presencia o su ausencia, sus aciertos o sus errores, se las reconozca precisamente como personas, algo que parece cada vez más difícil de conseguir. Como dice Judith Butler …

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“Mommy, why is that man buying so many books?”

Francisco Miraval “Mommy, why is that man buying so many books?” the young girl (certainly no more than 10 years old) asked her mother when she saw me buying a few books at a second-hand store. “I don’t know, sweetie. Perhaps he likes to read,” the mother cleverly replied. I did my best t…

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“Mamá, ¿por qué ese señor compra tantos libros?”

Francisco Miraval “Mamá, ¿por qué ese señor compra tantos libros?”, le preguntó una niña de no más de 10 años (quizá incluso menos) a su madre al verme comprar unos pocos libros en una tienda de artículos usados. “No sé, hija, quizá le guste leer”, fue la incisiva respuesta de la madre. Hi…

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And now who does the thinking for us?

Francisco MiravalIt is undeniable that we live at a time of ever growing ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. However, in that expanding context of ideas and beliefs, why only a few selected people seem to be doing all the thinking? And why just a few are heard and others (like us) are exclud…

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¿Y ahora quién pensará por nosotros?

Francisco MiravalYa resulta imposible negar la creciente diversidad étnica, cultural y lingüística a nuestro alrededor y, de hecho, ya es hora de celebrarla adecuadamente. Pero en ese contexto de opiniones, ideas y creencias, ¿por qué son siempre los mismos quienes siguen pensando y siguen siendo es…

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Please, let’s not mix marijuana with nuclear accidents

Francisco Miraval

Last week, on April 1st (April’s Fools Day), I received two press releases, one about a recreational marihuana festival and another one about a nuclear accident. Obviously, because of the day, both releases looked suspicious. In addition, the topics themselves indicated that the…

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Por favor, no mezclemos la marihuana con los accidentes nucleares

Francisco Miraval

La semana pasada, específicamente el 1 de abril (el Día de los Inocentes en Estados Unidos), recibí dos comunicados de prensa, uno sobre un festival de marihuana y otro sobre un accidente nuclear. Obviamente, ambos comunicados inmediatamente me parecieron sospechosos, tanto por …

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