I’m a sociology professor but not only a sociology professor. I started blogging with a pseudonym Olderwoman because I didn’t want my name associated with the blog in a Google search due to some of the work I was doing at that time. Although I never wrote anything in a public forum like a blog that I’d be ashamed to have associated with my name (and you shouldn’t either), it is illegal for me to use my position as a public employee to advance my religious or political views, and the pseudonym helped to preserve the distinction between my public and private identities.
I find it amusing that some people, especially young men, seem to think that the Olderwoman name somehow means I don’t think well of myself. Trust me, you have the wrong idea of how to think about older women.
All of the posts written before August 2008 were originally posted at Scatterplot (scatter.wordpress.com) . I made a copy of them here for the small number of people who are interested in what I wrote and don’t want to wade through everyone else’s posts. Many subsequent posts are cross-posted to Scatterplot as well, although I occasionally write purely religious or personal posts that don’t seem to belong on that site. Comments, if any, are more likely to be found on the Scatterplot site.
I also have an academic blog called Race, Politics, Justice that addresses issues of racial justice, criminal justice, and social movements. http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc/racepoliticsjustice/