craig wrote:Hi Mira!
I'm in a bit of a rush cuz I'm on a quick break at a conference, but I wanted to add that I really agree with you! I don't have the time to read over my previous post carefully, but I agree that "gender" is not so much a social construct as "gender norms" are... which is what you've explained -- so yeah, I'm up on that! (So if I said "gender" is a construct, I probably meant "gender norms." I'll carefully look over my previous post in a few days when I'm home from this conference. I might have dropped the "norms" part by accident...)
Craig - you may not have! I'm going to grad school in Social Work in the S.F. bay area, and that issue crops up alot. There's a big debate going on in the LBGTQQI (I think that's the current acronym - Lesbian, Bi-, Gay, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intra-sex) community about how gender is defined and whether it exists at all. Mainly sparked by Transgenders and Intra-sex folks, I think. So, I might have been talking more to my own head. :) Because I don't agree, but it can be tricky not to step on some folks toes....
maybegenius wrote:Mira - I totally agree that patriarchal gender typing harms everyone, including straight men. Sorry if I didn't make that clear ;)
I thought you did - right in your post! I really liked your point. Bullying kids for not fitting into strict gender roles is pervasive and really detrimental. Sorry if it seemed like I bulldozed right over what you were saying!