First thing’s first – my name’s Jessica, or Jessoteric as some folks know me. I am very excited to have the chance to contribute to The Border House, even if it means that I have to do one thing I always dread – introducing myself!
I’m a straight ally in my mid-twenties, and was born and raised in San Diego, California among people from many different backgrounds, as my parents were both pursuing degrees until I was nearly old enough to do the same. I graduated last year from San Diego State University with a BA in Sociology, and focused my studies on Microsociology and qualitative research methods.
These days I work for a startup virtual world creation company, and am an avid reader and casual gamer in my time off. I particularly enjoy tabletop gaming (D&D), MMORPGS, casual social games, and am currently somewhat addicted to LittleBigPlanet (I know, SO last year – but it’s freaking adorable, and some of the puzzles are absolutely devious!).
I am not terribly new to feminism – but activism has been slowly becoming a larger part of my life.
After Prop 8 in California passed last year, I was heartbroken, and realized that to truly affect the world that I would have to speak out – not just in the presence of those who believe in equality already, but publicly to those whose hearts and minds have not yet been changed. I hope that through this blog we will be able to raise awareness about the inequalities that are so ingrained into our society that they’ve become “normal” to us – only by continuously questioning our norms can we create positive change in our society.
I look forward to lots of great, thought-provoking discussions here – if you wonder what I do when I am not here, check out these links!