Post Tagged with: "gender identity"

Growing up to be a woman

I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month – which means I’m aiming to post at least once a day for the month of November. Most of these will be my posts, but there’ll also be a few guest bloggers, which I’m really excited about! AWH Reader Faith has generously shared […]

by × November 2, 2011 × 7 comments
Must read: On Cage Fighting, “Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Fear of Losing Control”

Must read: On Cage Fighting, “Masculinity, Misogyny, and the Fear of Losing Control”

Christian and former cage fighter Matt Morin has a fantastic article on mixed martial arts (or MMA, the technical title for cage fighting) and its implications for thinking about masculinity from a Christian perspective. It’s a brilliant and thorough takedown of Mark Driscoll.

by × July 2, 2011 × 4 comments
Gender confusion as “reparative” therapy, cont.

Gender confusion as “reparative” therapy, cont.

Image: James Franco in drag, ht Sociological Images. Text: girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short wear shirts and boots because it’s okay to be a boy but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading because you think being a girl is degrading Continued from here. […]

by × June 13, 2011 × 2 comments

Gender confusion as “reparative” therapy

Trigger warning: suicide, physical and emotional abuse, heterosexism, cissexism. Kirk Murphy’s story is yet another tragic example of the ridiculous and harmful the lengths we go to as a society to enforce supposedly natural gender norms. We’re talking about a 5 year old little boy who had to make sense of […]

by × June 10, 2011 × 2 comments
“Masculinity, a delicate flower”

“Masculinity, a delicate flower”

I laughed when I read the above phrase, the title of a kind of absurd TIME article by Meredith Melnick on masculinity and male gender identity. It so perfectly captures the contradiction at the heart of patriarchal claims about masculinity. According to complementarians, masculinity is all about being strong, aggressive, independent, […]

by × May 9, 2011 × 16 comments

Baltimore anti-trans hate crime: Why “toemageddon” matters

Heavy trigger warning – detailed discussion of transphobic violence. Last week, Chrissy Polis, a transgender woman, was viciously attacked and beaten by two cisgender (or cis, i.e., not transgender or trans) girls at a McDonald’s in Baltimore, Maryland. Several people, including employees, merely stood by and laughed as Polis was […]

by × April 25, 2011 × 9 comments
Thoughts on J. Crew’s Toemaggedon

Thoughts on J. Crew’s Toemaggedon

Trigger warning for discussion of gendered and anti-trans violence. Apparently this ad, depicting a J. Crew designer playing and laughing with her five year old son, is causing quite a bit of sturm and drang – all because the little boy’s toenails are painted pink. This, of course, is the […]

by × April 16, 2011 × 9 comments

An Open Letter to SGMS

Written by Max, a fellow Sovereign Grace escapee, and originally posted at Gender-NOS. Trigger warning for suicidality and eating disorders. SGM Survivors or SGMS is one of the two main sites for former or questioning members of Sovereign Grace Ministries churches. It’s been a space for healing and recovery for […]

by × April 15, 2011 × 4 comments
John Piper on sex and “masculine leadership”

John Piper on sex and “masculine leadership”

Trigger warning: rape/sexual assault, transphobia. So I was listening to a podcast (disclaimer: not feminist, LGB or T friendly, or sex-positive in any way, and only referenced as a source of information and not as an endorsement of the content) about John Piper’s teachings on sexuality in marriage, which discussed […]

by × March 20, 2011 × 8 comments