Gender Dynamics Archives

The letter that the Pioneer Press won’t print

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As a reader unfamiliar with Joe Soucheray’s style, I cannot tell whether his May 19, 2011 column was meant to skewer the unenlightened readers who suggested he was somehow un-masculine for protesting the dangers of modern football, or whether he aimed to prove his macho bona fides via said mockery. Whatever the intentions of Soucheray himself, the message made by the print headline was clear: “No. I’m still a man, not a woman. It’s football that changed.”

Barnes & Noble censors androgynous model on Dossier magazine cover

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Because gender is soooo scary! Towleroad reports on how androgynous model Andrej Pejic’s picture on the cover of Dossier magazine was apparently too gender-bending for Barnes & Noble’s sensitive megastore eyes  — so much, in fact, that they contacted Dossier telling them they were afraid customers would mistake the model for a topless woman. How to remedy that? They said it required them to put the magazine in opaque poly bags.

Complications of Gender in the World of Children’s Books by Uma Krishnaswami

From: discoverfeminism.com |

This essay is part of the Women Doing Literary Things blog series. WDLT features weekly essays by women novelists, poets, editors, librarians, journalists, academics, booksellers and more, on the topic of being a woman in theliterary arts. The series is curated by Niranjana Iyer, a freelance writer from Canada. Uma Krishnaswami was born in India and

Gender equality-it’s just good economic sense

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In Nicolas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide they describe a presentation by Bill Gates at a university in Saudi Arabia.  Gates spoke before an audience where four fifths were men on the left side of a curtain separating the hall, and one fifth were

Kate Swift, co-Inventor of Gender Neutral English, Dies at 87

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In 1970 Kate Swift was editing a Jr. High sex ed book when she noticed something was wrong—almost all of the pronouns were masculine.  She made it her business to fix that. In a 1994 interview with the National Council of Teachers of English, she said:

New feature: Fashion and gender

From: discoverfeminism.com |

No matter how much it protests otherwise, fashion is a many-gendered thing. Of course, when I say 'many', what I actually mean is 'two'. As pointed out by Lisa Wade at Sociological Images, there is rarely an option these days to buy clothes that are categorised as anything other than men's or women's.

The All-Women “Last Supper”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Friends of mine were showing me their photos from a recent trip to Spain.  One of the photos was taken in the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor in Ronda, Spain.  Remarkably, the photo is of a painting in the church that depicts the “Last Supper,” but with all women, including a female Christ.

Down With The Gender Bias In Books

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I don’t know about you, but I read books for the story. The protagonist’s gender doesn’t matter so much as the central message and the general feeling you get when you’re reading. I like to feel inspired, enlightened or mystified, among other grand sentiments. Thankfully, the National Post seems to be with me on this.

More fail in the NY Times profile of Chaz Bono: Sexism, no matter who says it

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As Vanessa wrote yesterday, author Cintra Wilson (who has a history of fail) comes off pretty terribly in her New York Times profile of Chaz Bono. You know who else ends up looking bad? Chaz Bono. Given Wilson’s self centered, transphobic (yes, even though she has trans friends!) article, I’m willing to give Bono the benefit of the doubt. He could be quoted pretty out of context, without qualifying statements that add nuance, Wilson certainly could have pushed for this sort of quote, and in a short profile it’s all on her that this is what gets attention. Bono deserves a lot of credit for speaking so bravely and publicly about his experience. Having said all that, this is just sexist:

Why A Boy Wore A Skirt To School

From: discoverfeminism.com |

It’s not often that you hear about men being discriminated against because of their gender. It does happen, however, and it’s important to remember. Chris Whitehead has made international news for standing up (or, rather, “skirting” up) against gender discrimination in his school’s dress code. He wore a skirt to school yesterday, May 12, and

Gender Justice in Environmental Studies

From: discoverfeminism.com |

This post is by Angela Wallace and is part of Feminism & Agriculture, a series hosted by Gender Across Borders. “Impact is not measured by the degrees on a thermometer. It is measured by the number of kilometres girls and women must walk each day to find and fetch clean water,” said Robert Fox, executive director

Reactions to Bin Laden’s death by gender

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Where were you when you found out about the death of Osama Bin Laden? I was at a neighborhood bar in Crown Heights, where a friend of mine was celebrating her birthday. The DJ had been on a roll, playing Jill Scott, D’angelo, and Janet Jackson as the birthday girl swayed and laughed. When the music cut off suddenly, everyone began to loudly voice their disapproval- until they realized that history was unfolding on the large projector screen that usually delivered sports highlights and beer specials. From then on, the neosoul interruption was immediately forgiven, and the entire bar watched President Obama’s speech attentively, alternatively expressing shock and jubilation, mostly pin-drop silent but sometimes taking moments to clap and cheer when President Obama delivered particularly juicy details or news.

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