Back on the 26th, I posted about Women’s Equality Day in the US and what it means. It commemorates our getting the vote back in 1920. Though this was not without it’s local barriers. I also asked the question: What comes next? When I first asked myself that question a few years ago, the answer was awareness. I had newly realized that I had always … Continue reading Whipping Girl, Delusions of Gender, and what comes next
Review: I’m sure that I’ve mentioned that I’ve been a fan of Brene Brown for YEARS now. Yeah, it was in the Femme Friday that I dedicate to her here. I’d been on hold and looking forward to this for a while. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, here’s an excerpt from the back cover to explain this book: The quest for perfection is exhausting … Continue reading I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame by Brené Brown
Review: Personally, I loved the rambling style of the book. At first, it was a little annoying. I was never sure if she was talking to me as the reader directly, if she was talking to her partner, herself, or just the world in general the way any other nonfiction writer might. I was never certain what the topic was or what it might be … Continue reading The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
The search for home is different for everyone, if for no better reason than that it can mean something different too. Feeling at home in America doesn’t come easily to everyone and finding a home within our borders can be complicated. I had never thought of home ownership as a part of the American Dream, but I am not that far removed from the parts … Continue reading Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home by Anita Hill
Once we start thinking about gender as being socially exaggerated (rather than socially constructed), we can finally tackle the issue of sexism in our society without having to dismiss or undermine biological sex in the process. While biological gender differences are very real, most of the connotations, values, and assumptions we associate with female and male biology are not. Follow along with me here. Continue reading Quote of the Week – from Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
There are various definitions for gender. They add up in two ways, one is a class or class system and the other is tied directly to the social and cultural performance that is required of a person due to their sex. Sex and gender are actually two different things that are commonly associated in specific ways. Most of the time, a person whose sex is … Continue reading What’s in a gender?