Tackling topics like gender identity and presentation, gender-based assumptions, cissexism, pronouns, the gender binary, and the transgender umbrella, the book lives up to its name, providing the reader with an engaging Gender 101 lesson.
Do women write the best novels starring women? Do men write the best novels starring men? In many cases, yes. But while there's a lot to be said for "living the gender," there are also some great literary works featuring title characters who are the opposite sex of the author.
I was well on my way to raising the ultimate gender-neutral child when something entirely unexpected happened. My daughter turned three and started expressing her own views. In doing so, she made her interests extremely clear and they completely contradicted my expectations.
Recognizing that Latinas are more likely to seek help from friends, family or neighbors rather than authority figures, our philosophy is that the strength and power to end domestic violence rests within communities, not institutions.
Truly well-written and thought-provoking plays are hard to come by, but Theater 167's presentation of J. Stephen Brantley's Pirira, which I caught at its recent extended run at the West End Theater, comes pretty close to being as transcendental as any that I have seen in the past few years.
Purses and wallets are gendered spaces. Like the use of urinals in men's restrooms, wallets and purses are a way of producing understandings of gender difference rather than as a natural consequence of differences.
From the moment Africans arrived on the American shores there was a deliberate effort by some to demean, humiliate and mistreat people of African ancestry. It should come as no surprise that such self-hatred is deeply embedded within more than a few of our brethren of all ages.
I was the least likely person to ever become a feminist. The world I grew up in was pure, concentrated patriarchy. Though I would have resented the suggestion, I was simply narrow-minded -- convinced that what I was believed was right though I had never honestly examined it.
I know a lot of parents worry about things like "how to raise a man properly" and the like. I don't want to worry about that. I don't care about raising a "man." I care about raising a person. Specifically, a good person. Specifically you.
Maria Brink leads an all-male band. These band members embody an extreme masculinity, but Brink complicates this by maintaining her leadership of the stage, their gendered power irrelevant to the proceedings. This isn't to say they're disparaged. Quite the opposite: The effect is symbiotic.
When I ask Shakhawat Hossain if it's true that he's the first openly gay Bangladeshi, he quietly demurs. "Lately more Bangladeshis are coming out to their families, and they're a lot more courageous than me."
When meeting a romantic contender in the "real world," there's at least a grain of amorous interest that, ideally, keeps either party from running for the door when they discover the other's employment situation is in shambles.
In our own writings, in the words that are found in articles, blog posts, and our own minds, we unintentionally reinforce the message we most need to confront. We do this when we talk about "becoming a woman" or "becoming a man." We do this when we use the word "transition."
I find that the fluidity of my experience of gender -- female but with traditionally masculine dimensions -- contributes to my sense of whom I could love. When I began to grasp this gender fluidity in myself, I also gained a clearer, richer grasp of my bisexuality. Confused? Welcome!