I love languages. I'm trying to learn German,'partially for professional reasons (the works of Jurgen Habermas and Friedrich Nietzche are relevant to my academic work) and partially because I love umlauts and hearing the language spoken in general. I have no rhythm and I can't dance, but I love music, especially Scandinavian metal and Korean girl-pop. I read fantasy and science fiction and want to write it someday.
I'm a critical theorist, which means I like to take apart society and see what's wrong with it. As I mentioned above, I used to swear by the writings of Michel Foucault, but ended up dumping him for a younger, sexier Frenchman who believes in material reality. I am very interested in gender and am a strong believer in the rights of transgender people. I like talking about gender theories as a whole - I don't agree with lesbian separatism, but I can explain its theoretical basis. I think Judith Butler is ridiculously privileged and out of touch with the needs of gender minorities.
I love pastries way more than I should. I don't drink anymore because booze and I hung out one night, he gave me bad advice, and the rest is history.
I'm not a workaholic. I consistently find myself with more free time than many of my colleagues. As you may gather from the rest of this profile, I spend a lot of my time being generally geeky and/or a class clown. I am actively trying to learn German, set up a tabletop gaming group in College Station, and plan a novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNo).
Opinions are split on whether or not I'm a good writer. I like to think that at the very least, if I have an idea I can express it. I've written some stories that people really like, but I'm not very good at staying focused on one idea.
My friends tell me that I am empathetic, and I really do try to care about the problems of others. I am very good at understanding how other people think, even if I disagree – BUT this does not mean I choose to tolerate all disagreement! I've been called intolerant because I actively choose to be intolerant of those who practice intolerance. I can understand how someone would, for instance, be an anti-LGBT bigot; but just because I understand the thought process doesn't mean I'm okay with it.
HOBBIES tabletop gaming - currently a fan of the New World of Darkness from White Wolf, and of Pathfinder. I love home brew campaign settings.
Writing - I have a space fantasy epic I'm planning to write for NaNo, sort of a George R.R. Martin in Space concept.
Video games - I used to love the MASS EFFECT games (FemShep all the way), until the ending fiasco. Right now I'm into GUILD WARS 2.
READING, FICTION I love political fantasy, like George R.R. Martin's SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, or Jacqueline Carey's KUSHIEL series, especially the second trilogy. I am a "nostalgic" fan of the HARRY POTTER series, and would love to write fanfic about it, but haven't actually reread the books in years.
READING, NONFICTION I read a lot for school, obviously. My biggest interests outside of my research are in cultural history and in neuroscience.
MUSIC - I am obsessed with the Finnush symphonic metal band Nightwish. Listening to them (and a few other select artists) puts me into an almost trance-like state of spiritual fulfillment.
Supportive friends - I didn't always have these, being a dorky kid from another, not really any more tolerant or progressive part of America. If you are my friend, you mean a lot to me and I will support you no matter what.
Purposeful tasks - I need something to do besides busywork - teaching, research, hobbies. The few times I've had extended no-pressure breaks and done something like work at Wal-mart, the lack of pressure has been terrible.
Anti-depressants - I'm not afraid to admit that I get chemical help for my mind. I think the world would be better off if we all acknowledged that some brains work differently from the norm, and didn't stigmatize this.
An obsession - this varies and can be any number of things, but I need an obsession. Some obsessions are healthier than others.
A cause - I need something morally righteous and upstanding to fight for. Right now, I basically see this as the culture war against radical conservatism in Texas and the USA in general.
The contradictions between my kinky, heterosexual sexuality and my politics.
Who would win in a fight between The Doctor, Commander Shepard, and Tyrion Lannister.
You think that the fact that I like to stay home to recharge is not a personality problem but merely an expression of introversion.
You understand why I think high heels are sexy but also understand why I feel guilty for thinking they are sexy.
You are as fish-out-of-water as I am in this strange world known as Aggieland.