Posts tagged “gender”
February 27, 2013
Everyday, children ages five to eighteen spend up to 8 hours in school. It is where they learn about math, history, reading, and writing, but it is also where children learn about social protocol and what it means to be a helpful, productive citizen of the US. As we find ourselves in the an age where issues of freedom of race, economy, religion, and sexuality are part of daily life and daily discussion, where does sexuality and gender identification fit in the school system?
According to a report on TrueTolerance.org, elementary school is no place to discuss gay activism, the new definition of family, or gender identity. In a program called CitizenLink Report, Candi Cushman, educational analyst, examines the educational practices in elementary schools surrounding what she calls “the promotion of homosexual themes and the deconstruction of the meaning of traditional family and marriages”. Cushman refers to books and training programs as being at fault for this misguided education American children are receiving.
June 20, 2012
Gender tropes lurk behind the Xbox controller.. and Anna Anthropy is determined to bend them. The author of Rise of the Videogame Zinesters hopes to develop a gaming world that’s more gender-friendly for everyone.
“Being trans doesn’t make the fact that I’m a woman any less real, and obviously it’s often safer for trans women on the internet not to advertise the fact that they’re trans. Today, I’m totally out about being trans because I want other trans people to find me and feel safer in this games space.”
Read the entire interview here!
April 30, 2011
Sabrina Chapadijev, editor of Live Through This, has performances in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Madison, Cleveland; and Canton, Ohio. Find out more at her website. She also will be lecturing on the book in Detroit and Chicago.
April 25, 2011
On April 25th, Sabrina Chapadijev will be lecturing on Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction (sponsored by Poets and Writers). The discussion will be at the School of the Art Institute (Room 1307, 112 South Michigan Avenue) at 4pm, and is FREE to all.
April 15, 2011
On April 15th, Sabrina Chapadijev will be lecturing on Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction (sponsored by Poets and Writers). The discussion will be at TrumbullPlex (4210 Trumbull) at 8pm, and is FREE to all. You can reply via Facebook here.
You can also watch an interview with the editor on YouTube.
April 13, 2011
In January a member of the Toronto Police force, Const. Michael Sanguinetti, suggested to students at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. In response, SlutWalk was born. The SlutWalk, which strode just yesterday, was a march designed to draw attention to the way in which the term “slut” is used to stigmatize and invalidate women.
October 29, 2009
President Obama has just signed into law the very first protections for transgender people in US history: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
August 26, 2009
In this new piece, Ms. Greer refers to transwomen—me and my brave sisters and mothers and daughters—as “ghastly parodies” of women. . . . Yes, yes. Ouch. It hurts to be called a ghastly parody. And that kind of talk feeds transphobia across the world. So, shame on The Guardian for printing these hateful words. But who is Ms. Greer to be hurling these invectives, and why? Greer is no one to dismiss as an idiot or complete jerk. . . . Germaine Greer’s tragedy is that she has not considered as even possible the theory of gender fluidity. For her kind of activism to work, MAN and WOMAN can and must be essential as well as easy to tell apart from each other. . . . Ms. Greer is claiming that biology is, in fact destiny. — from Kate Bornstein’s “Has Germaine Greer Become A Ghastly Parody?”, written in response to this Guardian piece by Greer
10,000 Dresses promoted by Massachusetts Family Institute, plus a call to action on the “Bathroom Bill”
August 11, 2009
The Massachusetts Family Institute: on the one hand, providing excellent free publicity for Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray’s 10,000 Dresses, on the other, fighting against extending hate crime protections to transgendered people in Massachusetts. To read more about the issue — and to find out how to take action — read within.
August 4, 2009
From Leora Tanenbaum — author of Slut!, Catfight and the forthcoming Head Over Heels (Spring 2010) — comes this piece from the New York Times, in response to the question of whether women make better bosses than men:
Yes, countless female managers are great at making lists and sure, lots of men love to hear the sound of their own voices — endlessly. But none of this behavior matters if it’s accompanied with a denial of the continued existence of sexism in the workplace.
Consider: Women are routinely undervalued and assumed to lack competence. Successful men don’t have to worry about when and if to become parents; successful women do. Men earn more and are promoted more. Troublingly, many individual women who make it to senior management refuse to acknowledge these very real conditions. They position themselves as uniquely and unusually qualified, implicitly belittling other women in a move to prove their own superiority.