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Michelle Parrinello-Cason (Balancing Jane)
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Teaching Research and Writing in the Age of "Fake News"
It's almost hard for me to imagine it now, but growing up, I never watched the news. It was never on in my house. I remember taking "current event" quizzes in my history class and feeling completely disconnected from the world. I only heard of the topics in...
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Minimalism, Peace, and Time for Fighting
Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with my blog has probably seen me complaining about housekeeping. It's been a regular feature stretching back over the years here. I've mused about the gender divide in housekeeping and how it impacts negotiations i...
A blog about the intersections of feminism, parenting, graduate school, and community college education.
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Spines for Spine: My Book Plans
As my previous post-election posts have suggested, I'm feeling a little dejected (and a lot angry) right now. I've been in numerous Facebook debates about tone policing and the purpose of protest. Even many of the brilliant pieces of commentary and analysis...
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I Am Not Okay
It is 3:30 in the morning, and I am not okay. I woke up a little less than twenty-four hours ago, dropped my baby son off at daycare, and came back to walk with my husband to vote. I felt a wave of enthusiasm and pride. I even remarked to my husband, as we ...
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Banning Safe Spaces in the Name of Active Debate Misses the Mark
The University of Chicago is making headlines with a letter sent to incoming students. The letter, which can be viewed in its entirety here , highlights the University's "commitment to academic freedom," a commitment that has ostensibly led to three targets...
The University of Chicago is making headlines with a letter sent to incoming students. The letter, which can be viewed in its entirety here, highlights the University's "commitment to academic freedom," a commitment that has ostensibly led to three targets: 1) "trigger warnings" on classroom ...
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Starfish and Sequoias: Why Do You Vote?
I've been having a lot  of conversations about the election lately. I've fallen into the role of "liberal stand-in" for many of my libertarian-leaning friends with a penchant for debate, and I think I have a fairly broad swath of the electorate in my social...
I've been having a lot of conversations about the election lately. I've fallen into the role of "liberal stand-in" for many of my libertarian-leaning friends with a penchant for debate, and I think I have a fairly broad swath of the electorate in my social media feeds and day-to-day life due to ...
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Researching as a Community College Professor
I've got a post up over at the University of Toronto Press blog about researching as a community college professor (it was written in conjunction with an article I published on how narratives of fitness and feminism conflict, which is available here from Pr...
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What Gilmore Girls Teaches Us About Passion and Dreams
I was among those looking forward to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life  with great excitement. But I was also looking forward with tempered expectations. I didn't expect the reboot to be able to capture the magic of the original series, and I don't think I ...
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Ways You Will Not Silence Me Today
I took a social media hiatus when the election results became apparent. I have a lot of conservative Facebook friends and family members, many of whom very vocally supported Trump, and I was certain that I could not handle their responses. My self-imposed i...
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I Guess I'm Not Done
Last night, I woke up at 3am to feed the baby and couldn't get back to sleep. I had a blog post idea, so I went to the admin site to draft it, and I found out that I had (through my own fault) lost my domain name. My blog was directing to nothing. This was ...
Last night, I woke up at 3am to feed the baby and couldn't get back to sleep. I had a blog post idea, so I went to the admin site to draft i...
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A Copy of a Copy of a Copy: Postpartum Anxiety
We'll go to the zoo. It'll be fun. It's not too hot today, and it's the last week of summer vacation. This is a good plan . It was a good plan. Despite the whirlwind of getting out of the house with both kids in tow on my own, the frenzy of finding a place ...
We'll go to the zoo. It'll be fun. It's not too hot today, and it's the last week of summer vacation. This is a good plan. It was a good plan. Despite the whirlwind of getting out of the house with both kids in tow on my own, the frenzy of finding a place to park, and the juggling of equipment, ...
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Fat Shaming in Gilmore Girls: What Progress Have We Made?
I'm watching Gilmore Girls again. It's great background television to have on while I'm folding clothes and sweeping the floor and otherwise caught in a cycle of domestic chore-doing while on maternity leave. This is probably my fourth time through the seri...
I'm watching Gilmore Girls again. It's great background television to have on while I'm folding clothes and sweeping the floor and otherwise caught in a cycle of domestic chore-doing while on maternity leave. This is probably my fourth time through the series, and while I vaguely remember a few ...
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Wife. Mother. PhD Student. Educator. Feminist. A look at the intersections.
Introduction
I'm Michelle, and I blog at Balancing Jane about a variety of things that come up in the intersecting roles of my life. 
I blog about feminism, equality, popular culture, rhetoric, parenting, cooking, education, racism, pets, politics, etc. 
I also love hearing from other people on how they juggle the different parts of their lives and identities.
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Community College English Instructor, PhD Student, Blogger
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