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Blessed Be the Ties that Bind
Blessed be the ties that bind
MichaelMobleyUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaStacey M.PearsonUniversity of Michigan

In this narrative on the heterosexist dominant discourse, we have decided (after careful weeks of reflection and deliberation) to tell the story of a cultural impasse we experienced during graduate school. A cultural impasse is an event resulting from a unique set of culturally based interactional dynamics that adversely affects the optimal functioning of cross-cultural interactions among individuals (Mobley & Trad, 1995).

Background

Stacey: It was the beginning of my graduate school career, and I was quite excited by the prospect of being called “Doctor” someday. Like most students of color, I had heard numerous horror stories about racial oppression in graduate school and the loneliness and isolation from being “the ...

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