Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Both these posters are hanging in the warm-up area of my university's gym. There is a specific weight room (which, admittedly, I have never stepped foot in), but in the section where these posters are, there are aerobic and weight training machines that both men and women use. So why the gender distinction?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Manhood is neither static nor timeless; it is historical. Manhood is not the manifestation of an inner essence; it is socially constructed. Manhood does not bubble up to consciousness from our biological makeup; it is created in culture. Manhood means different things at different times to different people. We come to know what it means to be a man in our culture by setting our definitions in opposition to a set of "others"--racial minorities, sexual minorities, and above all, women (120).
"ok honestly how is this even a competition. Chris is so obviously the best boyfriend material by far.... the rest of the guys are ridiculously dumb/ arrogant/ and just not that good looking. Chris is just so sweet AND cute.Derek: can't even be for real- just so odd.
Kurtis: obnoxiousbut mostly- all i can do is ask myself why i'm watching this crap when i have actual stuff to do.... guilty pleasure much?"
In this same way, men often think of themselves as genderless, as if gender did not matter in the daily experiences of our lives. Certainly, we can see the biological sex of individuals, but we rarely understand the ways in which gender--that complex of social meanings that is attached to biological sex--is enacted in our daily lives. For example, we treat male scientists as if their being men had nothing to do with the organization of their experiments, the logic of scientific inquiry, or the questions posed by science itself. We treat male political figures as if masculinity were not even remotely in their consciousness as they do battle in the political arena. (Micahel S. Kimmel and Michael Messner, "Men as 'Gendered Beings' from Men's Lives, 1989)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine was my favorite book from probably 1999 to 2003, which is a pretty long time. And it's still one of my favorite books and I do actually re-read it about once a year (I can read it in one sitting, as I am not 9 anymore). Ella is a fantastic character and the whole book is just great... and it's a really interesting take on the classic Cinderella story. Again, like the movie version of The Princess Diaries, the movie took huge creative liberties and really does not resemble the book very much, other than the basic concept. It's amusing, but the book is a lot better. When I was a counselor to 10-11 year old girls a couple years ago I read to them from Ella Enchanted every night and they all agreed that the book was a lot better. (Side note: hard to read aloud. There are a lot of made-up languages.)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Rape Victim Abortion Funding|
After a huge public outcry, Republicans are back-pedaling from an outrageous attempt to redefine rape.
But the GOP is continuing to push anti-choice legislation that is terrible for women. Rep. Carolyn Maloney called one bill "the deepest attack on a woman's right to choose in my lifetime."
And a second bill would allow hospitals to turn away a woman seeking an abortion, even if she'll die without it.
It's reprehensible. And we need to act right away. Can you sign the petition telling Congress to oppose these attacks on the right to choose?