Author Archives: thomas

On Consent, and the Meaning of Quilts…

You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, so long as there is this one element. … Continue reading

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On Rape and Beauty…

“So you’re saying that if your daughter were to walk around campus in a bikini and was later raped you wouldn’t blame her a little?” Those were the words spoken to me about five years ago by a member of … Continue reading

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Implicit Bias: The Doll Test…

I tried to watch the vice-presidential debate last night, but only lasted through the first hour before my body began sending the undeniable signals that continued consciousness would not be permitted. But before I pulled my bedraggled body off to … Continue reading

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On Race and Protest: The Whitewashing of Quilt History in the Quilt Industry…

Context. You have no idea how important that word is to me. Without context almost everything will be misunderstood. Without context we are doomed to ignorance. Politics, media, education, even medicine have thrown context out of the window in search … Continue reading

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Voices and Choices…

For the past several years I have been a person divided, torn between two professional voices, only one of which actually reflecting the person that I am. Even as my quilts have grown increasingly direct in their advocacy for social … Continue reading

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The Implications of Standing…

I do not stand for the national anthem; I have not done so since I was a teenager. It is easy for me to not stand; when I remain seated I am simply a man who is not standing, at … Continue reading

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Original Sin…

I wish I could say this is not the America that I know, but that would be untrue, a whitewashing of the fact that the history of this country is written in the blood of people of color. The arrival … Continue reading

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Dear Drake…

I did not think that my return to Drake University last week would be such an emotional experience, but it was. I just assumed I’d go back for my show, do my stuff, spend a bit of time with my … Continue reading

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