No what?

“No Po Mo.”

The folks at Urban Dictionary define it best:

A phrase which can be used at the end of any political statement which seems to borrow from postmodernism, but is still coherent and anchored at least partly in reality. Postmodernists often sound theoretically vague or obfuscating, which is anathema to many on the political Left. Other leftists, however, embrace some selection of postmodernist theory, but may not want to be associated with all that is labeled postmodern. And so “no pomo” is used to allow for such statements by preempting dogmatic leftist tirades and flame wars.

“No pomo” is a reference to the phrase “no homo,” used by masculine straight men to allow them to compliment their comrades by preempting the accusation of being “gay.”

This blog started being written when I realised how much time and energy I spent trying to understand obtuse critical theory and postmodern thought. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a place for that. Even on the internet—places like this one here. But for the most part, this is a reaction to the temptation to drown in theory and forget about being grounded in real experience. At some point, we need to stop talking solely in polysyllabic words and start listening to people’s stories. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

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