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6/1/08 09:58 am - dragondazd - boys, girls, and math

Here's an article about how well boys and girls do in math.

As gender inequality decreases, the 'gap' between genders in terms of math decreases while girls remain ahead in verbal skills and boys excel in geometry. This suggests that any existing differences are less obvious than words vs. numbers.

I believe this was looking at 15-yaer-olds across 40 countries

9/27/06 04:21 pm - mo_no_chrome - What Makes A Man A Man?

I recently saved Wigstock the video from being flogged off at my local video shop, by being the first person to rent it in eight months or so...

Watching it again, I realised what an interesting documentary it really is. While not entirely free of vapidity, it is for the most part a fascinating examination of drag, gender and sexuality, and includes performances which are not only fabulous but really interesting, stepping away from drag either as over-the-top female stereotype, or as 'passing'.

Here's my favourite performance - give it a chance, as despite the start it's not at all your usual drag show.



Flloyd also has some interesting things to say about bisexuality and the way in which one's social 'scene' influences one's sexual choices.

And, if you're download-inclined, you should be able to get hold of a great version of Marc Almond doing What Makes A Man A Man, too.


x-posted.

4/23/06 09:02 pm - dragondazd

The other day I was complaining about how guys' clothes are so simple and you can always find things that look ok rather than look horrible. Unfortunately someone hit me with the realization that girls have more complicated dimensions. There are just more measurements to worry about and different styles enhance (or play down) different physical features.

What would happen if men and women had the same number of variables to worry about in clothing? What if they were built more similarly? Would they worry equally about the right sort of fit? Would colors be less important? Would there be as many cuts and as much emphasis on 'flattering' your dimensions?

12/7/05 12:20 pm - motodraconis - The world is doomed by women in trews!

A most bizarre discussion of the evils of women wearing trousers because...
The motive impelling women to wear men's dress is always that of imitating, nay, of competing with, the man who is considered stronger, less tied down, more independent.

Erm... or possibly cos trousers are somewhat more practical perchance? Yeah, I wear a skirt to work, about 50% of the time, where I (somewhat unstrenuously,) I sit on an office chair all day, but not on a motorbike, to ride a horse, to ramble through mud and brambles, or when it's bloody cold. Yeah I can still drive a car in a skirt, but for long trips I prefer the easiness of trews. They're practical dammit, if I am making a statement, it's generally on practicality, (and possibly laziness,) not mimicry.

http://cornell-catholic-circle.blogspot.com/2005/12/our-dress-and-our-psychology.html

Heck, I skim read most of this, on account that it was sending me into a coma, but it does rather amuse me that someone could seriously think that all the worlds ills and breakdowns in society would go away if only women wore skirts! What the???

Furthermore, I wish to point out that I personally don't wear mens trousers, they're my trousers! Not trews I've ripped off some protesting blokie, mine own trousers dammit!

I direct you to my icon above, a photograph of myself where I did indeed happen to be wearing trews at the time, and while it probably says alot about me, The perversion of her psychology is clear to be seen. the actual wearing of trousers appears to be the least of my problems, and compared to all else, somewhat trivial in the grand scheme of things.

11/6/05 08:11 am - evilwonderbra - The Truth

I can't imagine not having this on my back. I can't imagine not worrying about it, obsessing with it, wondering if maybe it's all that matters. I can't imagine what my life would be if I could just be, not anyone or anything, but just be and not worry about who or what I look like.
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11/1/05 03:47 pm - dragondazd - color

I was browsing through the Lands' End catalog and decided I REALLY wanted one of their jackets. Except unfortunately, most of the colors I wanted were only availible for the guy versions, and they didn't look quite right, as in it didn't look like they'd ... look like they fit me well.

Why is it that women are expected to be more inclined to wear flashier, brighter, lighter colors, and men the darker tones? We do not exhibit sexual dimorphism with bright feathers or any other changes in color. How did we come to view certain colors as masculine and certain colors as femenine?

Perhaps it was equating women to flowers; things considered delicate. Perhaps the darker tones helped men hunt (wait... don't we all want to know how to hide?) That doesn't ring so well with me though... Colors used to be a mark of wealth; crtain dyes were expensive. And I would imagine, if you were secure enough not to have to dress up like a tree, that's considered better, right? What was it like before colors were common? Is this just a natural progression of women-for-display men-for-manly-work?

What's it like to be uninhibited by color? Not just in what colors you are willing to wear, but what you find attractive on yourself and on others... Are they not the same cues? What about the colorblind or the impact of the colorblind on our perceptions of color?

Oh yes, and what about the community's colors? I suppose it's on the femenine side of things? Any suggestions on a more 'neutral' colorscheme?

6/30/05 04:28 pm - wy - Gender roles in video games

http://venusormars.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=0&cId=3141723

Thought you guys might want to take a look at this article. :P Sorry, not much more content to add than that for now.

5/8/05 05:15 pm - evilwonderbra - Generally I hate them anyway...

so whenever I hear people going crazy over "ice" I roll my eyes. But,once I learned about the diamond industry (about seven years ago) especially the horrible things that happen to children because of them, I had to wonder why so many (especially famous) people continue to wear and promote the diamond industry? Is it ignorance to the cause, or do they just don't give a damn?

http://www.livejournal.com/community/hurt_free_life/2765.html#cutid1

Furthermore, theway they are pushed on women as being the only way a man can show his love? Is disgusting. Whenever I see those ads that say "show her how much you care, buy her something overpriced" I can't help but laugh, and then want to vomit. I can't stand it when women claim to promote human rights and want equality, but then demand diamond engagement rings. It just seems so hypocritical to me.

What do you guys think. Also, would you accept, or buy, or do you currently own diamonds? Why or why not? And, if you didn't know about the diamond industry before, would knowing about it now deter you from buying or accepting them in the future?

4/20/05 10:23 am - dragondazd - gun update

We went to the range run by the local police. Both range officers asked me if I was in the military. Apparently, when a couple show up together, the woman tends to be in a service.

I also got to see the standard NRA gun intro with some actress. Not bad. All of her instructors were quite respectful in the movie. She ended up getting her friends interested.

4/16/05 03:58 pm - dragondazd - The gun show

Some gun ramblings...

Recently, we met up with some geeks to shoot at someone's grandfather's farm. There were two other girls there, and everyone handled weapons. The grandfather said his granddaughter could shoot better than the boys.

Anyway, we ended up going to buy a second gun so we could both shoot something, and Wy could get more practice for work with a pistol.

There were a lot of men at the gun show today. As we walked off after registration, some lady showed up behind us. I didn't look back, but one of the men at the entrance asked her if she was looking for 'the other show' which I assume was some other event at the fairgrounds.

As Wy was considering the gun that we ultimately bought, the man at the table said I should get a gun. He pointed to a larger pistol with a shiny handle and said that could work. The only thing you could hide it in is a purse. IMO it was a very ugly gun :D

There were a couple women there, even some behind the tables, though none of the shoppers seemed to be there unaccompanied by a man.

After reflecting upon these encounters and my brief (but continuing) experience with a "plinker" gun, I've determined that guns are not in themselves masculine, but the culture and stereotype around them certainly are. Perhaps men are more interested in violence, and men don't let women go off and play war, but a woman with a gun is as pwerful as a man with a gun, all else equal. Shouldn't it be a means to equality rather than an extension of gender differences? If nothing else, wouldn't a more even distribution of genders increase acceptance of guns as a hobby rather than a feared man-killing device?

It just makes me wonder, if we were a fully armed society, would there be more equality, more respect, and maybe less  violence, since an attacker wouldn't have as great an advantage?
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