By Avery Dame

Avery Dame is a Women's Studies graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying how trans* folk talk online. He occasionally tweets about cocktails, video games, and the hideous menswear on Law & Order.

  1. Nothing makes you feel quite as old (at 26, no less) as realizing your students—all university freshmen—don’t recognize a basic aspect of your internet childhood. In this case, it was the idea that pre-search engine, websites had to be manually connected via webrings. And though they laughed at the clip I showed of “classic” internet explainer material, Moms on the Net (which we also mined for gender stereotypes), they protested any characterization of themselves…