Posts Tagged: gender
As Elissa Bassist’s recent Funny Women column “The Next Great American Woman’s Novel” reminded us, books by women tend to get treated a little…differently from books by men.
What would it look like if male authors’ novels were treated like Bassist’s hypothetical feminine masterpiece All the Single Ladies Just Wanna Have Fun?...more
I was not surprised to see that a large number of reviews took issue not with the writing or the plot or the structure, but with the main character’s sexuality; but even I was startled by the vitriol of many of them, the insistence that a story about a girl who fucks cannot be a story with any value at all....more
For decades now, sympathetic portrayals of trans people in the media have usually made use of the same phrase: “a man trapped in a woman’s body” (or vice versa).
Though it may help some cis people start to understand the basic concept of trans-ness, it’s not always very accurate....more
Feminist theorist Judith Butler criticizes gender as something culturally constructed while “sex is just as culturally constructed as gender.” According to Butler, the distinction between sex and gender turns out to be no distinction at all.
In Anne G. Sabo’s essay, “When My Husband Came Out as a Woman,” Sabo reveals the struggles and mixed emotions she experiences as her husband makes the transition to become her soon-to-be wife....more
Before social media, people spread ideas with postcards.
Collectors Weekly features an article of the double-edged sword variety. Lisa Hicks provides a selection of Suffrage-era postcards (both pro and against), but her accompanying essay is a far cry from a casual discussion of turn-of-the-century illustration and rhetoric....more
“It” is the overlap between homeless and trans. Oh, did you have a body? When you’re trans and homeless, this is really what the “for customers only” restrooms sign say, below their cheerily simplified depictions of “men” and “women”. Did you have a body? Did you think you could eat, shit, live?...more
I run so I can inhabit my own body. I run so that in moments like these, when my lack of power in this world becomes more violently apparent, I can feel the strength of my own body, enough to ignore provocations, enough to know alone that I could destroy both of those men if I wanted....more
In writing about the “complexities of desire, objectification and fetishization,” Vivienne Chen gives the Rumpus some love....more
Talking Points Media reports on the deficit of female op-ed writers, citing an assessment conducted by The OpEd Project.
The article quotes Katherine Lanpher, a member of the organization, who tells the website: “We are seeing that women aren’t narrating the world, even though they’re half of the world.” TPM cites the Byline Survey, writing “women authored thirty-three percent of op-eds in new media publications and twenty percent of the op-eds in traditional media during a twelve-week period last year.” Op-eds are stratified by content too – only eleven percent of the opinions written on the economy during this time were produced by women....more
Should you seek a utopian, gender equal virtual space in which to social network, scribd, orkut, and foursquare are where it’s at.
However, the internet vortex of social networking sites sees the scales tip in favor of a female majority. In fact, there are 99 million more monthly female visitors to social networking sites as compared to those who identify as male....more
At Full Stop, Stephanie Bernhard weighs in on the literary gender imbalance, arguing that today’s literary marketplace is “identity-driven,” which makes it more difficult for women writers to succeed.
“Our culture still offers men a broader spectrum of acceptable personality types than it does women....more
“Many men who turn to submissive fantasies do so for precisely the sort of vacation from responsibility that Roiphe suggests women are seeking.”
At Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory gathers the input of professional dominatrixes to shed light on male desire for submission, which was glaringly absent in Kaite Roiphe’s Fifty Shades of Grey....more
At The Awl, Lucy Madison breaks down the many numbers, ratios, and biases behind the absence of women nominees in the National Magazine Awards’ major “brass-ring” categories.
“As far as the ASME awards go, women are unlikely to see a huge jump in nominations unless editors either start changing the process through which they assign out pieces, or more outlets exist for general interest long-form journalism targeted at women.”...more
At Full Stop, Amanda Shubert reviews Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, while interrogating the particularly vitriolic (and often gendered) criticism that continues to be leveled against the influential film critic.
“Kael spoke to people in a voice they recognized, but she demanded something more from them than they were accustomed to....more
At the BBC, writer Sarah Hall explores “the popular motif in science fiction of an all-women society surviving without men.” In the two-part program, Hall talks with authors, professors, and science fiction historians, looking at how science fiction “has been used to examine relationships between the sexes,” and how the genre “has examined the different ways of continuing the human race.”
At RADAR productions, Alice Bag, founder of The Bags and author of Violence Girl, interviews Raquel Gutierrez, aka Raquefella, founder of queer performance group Butchlalis de Panochtitlan. Gutierrez talks about growing up between cultures, butch haircuts, theatrical influences, and upcoming projects....more