Archive for November, 2011

Gender, race, and the cult of true womanhood, cont

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 It’s really telling to me that, while laziness and hypersexuality are stereotypes are applied to black people in general, so many of the evangelicals Emerson interviewed for Divided by Faith singled out black mothers  as specifically embodying and being the root cause of what they saw as black individual, family, […]

by × November 21, 2011 × 6 comments
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)

Trigger warning: anti-trans hatred, violence. Today is the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), a day set aside to remember people who have been killed due to anti-trans violence. The numbers are staggering. This year there are 221 people to be mourned, and those are just the murders that […]

by × November 21, 2011 × Comments are Disabled
Masculinity and power: contextualizing Penn State

Masculinity and power: contextualizing Penn State

Trigger warning: rape/child sexual abuse, cultures of abuse. As I said, I’m working on a post on how gender, and specifically ideas about masculinity, factor into the sexual abuse of boys by men, and into the cover ups of such abuse in hierarchical institutions. With Penn State and in other cases […]

by × November 20, 2011 × 1 comment

A Retailer’s Thoughts on Buy Nothing Day

Today’s guest post from Max is a bit outside AWH’s usual race/gender/sexuality wheelhouse, but as always, these issues are intersectional. Economic injustices like income inequality, corporate greed affect all of us, but they disproportionately impact people in marginalized communities. Hi. My name is Max. I’m a department manager for a […]

by × November 18, 2011 × 3 comments
Fear of falling

Fear of falling

Being high up tends me to make me feel nervous. Flying, tall buildings, that sort of thing. It’s not a proper phobia, just a niggling and persistent discomfort. I’ve got a standard line when I explain this to people: I’m not scared of heights; I’m scared of falling. Somehow that […]

by × November 17, 2011 × 12 comments

Is feminist analysis of child sexual abuse lacking? Cont.

Trigger warning: child sexual abuse and rape, rape culture. Following up on the first post, Somatic Strength had some further thoughts on where critiques of rape culture fall short when it comes to child sexual abuse, which she also gave me permission to share here. I think she’s absolutely right […]

by × November 16, 2011 × 1 comment

NaBloPoMo so far

Day 15 of NaBloPoMo: All of my post drafts are still in fairly drafty form, so I don’t have anything topical to post today. Instead, you get to read (or skip, hah!) my thoughts on how NaBloPoMo is going and future posts I’m working on. One of my goals for […]

by × November 15, 2011 × Comments are Disabled

Is feminist analysis of child sexual abuse lacking?

Trigger warning: child sexual abuse, rape culture. Over at Tumblr, Somatic Strength raised some important questions about whether child rape and sexual abuse have been adequately addressed in feminist discussions of rape culture. As she points out, much of feminist discussion of rape centers issues of consent that don’t apply […]

by × November 14, 2011 × 7 comments

On comments, safe spaces, and free expression

Trigger warning: child sexual abuse, doctrine of divine sovereignty as it applies to child sexual abuse. I got a comment on my post about Penn State that I’ve left in moderation for several days now, and that I think I will ultimately delete. I haven’t quite been able to get […]

by × November 13, 2011 × 9 comments