Pagan Culture

Developing PRIDE: The Attendance of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Pagan Game Designers

We’re twenty days into June, which means that, for twenty days, my Facebook and Tumblr dashboards have consistently presented me an excess of rainbow flags, companions and couples and companies kissing for cameras, and the gender nonconforming and non-white reality of the Stonewall Riots. It also means that for twenty days, I’ve encountered (and, in more than one case, chosen to talk back to) posts that regard the Babbadook (from the eponymous film) an LGBT icon as well as arguments that claim all queer identities are linked to “fursonas” or furry-personas (delegitimizing queer Otherkin and theriomorphs). Tempers are running hot, […]

Pagan (Non) Presence at MayDay Parade 2017

Where was Pagan booth at MayDay Parade 2017?! Every year on the first Sunday in May, the Minneapolis-based community performance company In The Heart of the Beast presents a themed parade in Powderhorn Park. This parade, called the MayDay Parade, openly criticizes anti-populist and ecologically-ignorant politics. For example, the motifs of this year’s parade included the corruption that comes with capital, devastation in denying science, and the benefits of protecting the water. In addition to floats and walking sections dedicated to these topics, there were performances and dances from Minnesota’s Indigenous communities (representing both American and Mexican Nations) as well […]

Presenting “Technopaganisms + Videogames” at Metropolitan State University’s Student Research Conference

Today (or, Monday the 24th of April, 2017, as it will be known in the nearer future), I presented my poster all about Paganisms and video games to a room full of well-dressed folks at my university. I was awarded the Conference Organizers’ Award which included a lot of university swag including sunglasses, but I’m not sure why, maybe I ooze charm? Anyway, that 20-by-27 inch board of mine was absolutely littered with analysis and in-game footage (which I don’t know what to do with, posting it or not, so I’ll trust everyone’s imaginations for now regarding the pictures):   […]