Friday, November 28, 2008


I am fumbling at the bars of this academic cage, too weak from strike-stress to even rattle them.

York what have you done to me?!

In other news, I say screw this: I'm heading for law school as soon as the shackles of my MA loosen. Freedom's not yet in sight, but I know it will be... soon...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I read this and laughed, laughed, laughed. Because yes, I've lived it; and sometimes the only thing you can do besides rip off the heads of Men Who Explain Things and spit down their still bleeding stumps of necks is laugh. And I would say that the author of the article is speaking from another generation - that the current crop of Enlightened Educated Individuals Who Happen to be Gendered Male, they are not guilty of this crime. And some of them aren't. And some of them are.

I'm teetering on the edge of an insomnia related breakdown, though, so I'll save that rant for when I have more energy to do it justice. Possibly after a nap.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Er, so, I haven't written in this for a while!

The life of Petra is typically a boring affair, but I have some slightly awesome news: I am a graduate student! Like, officially and stuff. Or I will be in September.

Slightly contingent on the grad student front is moving to Toronto, as that is where the grad school (also known as York University) is located. So I'm mildly terrified! But less mildly excited! Pretty much all my academic geekery friends in Prince George have either graduated or are about to, so I like not being the only one left at the party. If you could call university a party. Which I guess a lot of students do, but then they spend the majority of their time getting drunk/drunk/getting over last night's drunkery. And I left that life of tomfoolery behind me back in my first year, because I get bored with things quickly, and puking? Not so hard to get bored of.

But more on all this graduate student (in English! Focusing on the hybridity in contemporary Canadian literature and cultural production! though not exclusively!) later. For now, the long overdue rantings/ravings of a girl unafraid to call herself 'feminist'.

Except I dislike ranting and raving, as the frothing at the mouth is so unattractive. So I figured I'd start this whole ranting/raving series with a transformative work by awesomesocks Canadian-American Alanis Morisette, who hilariously subverts contemporary representation of the 'sexy' female in music videos here: