Books · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA

‘In that closed body, he is a girl…’

The Sand Child by Tahar Ben Jelloun My rating: 3 of 5 stars What struck me most strongly about this work is the intense male supremacy it highlights. The laws of inheritance that Ahmed/Zahra’s father’s deception is designed to subvert are significant, and the voice-shifting, fragmented, erased and reiterated narration of Ahmed/Zahra’s experience provides an… Continue reading ‘In that closed body, he is a girl…’

Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA

Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ Part III

My final post on reading Julia Serano’s book Whipping Girl Trans-sexualisation Serano distinguishes strongly between sexual desire (it can be empowering when the right person expresses such desire for us when we have signalled our openness & willingness to reciprocate) and sexualisation, which is used to leverage power over someone. “This can be seen all… Continue reading Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ Part III

Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA

Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ part II

Here’s my second post on reading Julia Serano’s book Whipping Girl Boygasms and Girlgasms: A Frank Discussion about Hormones and Gender Differences For Serano, gender is neither all nature nor all nurture. Society clearly influences how femaleness/femininity and maleness/masculinity are defined. On the other hand, bodily factors also have a hand in the matter. Serano… Continue reading Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ part II

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Links

So numerous folks said what I was attempting to say about gender a lot better this week! Aoife wrote The Biggest Gamete as Troll Bait Alex wrote Unsex me here… and Tina at Bitch magazine ❤ ❤ ❤ wrote about ending the long history of trans exclusion from feminism

Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA

Un-gendering sex: a feminist project?

Reading one of the lovely Refining Realness posts I noticed a Black trans woman’s recollection of preferring dolls to conventional boys’ toys in her early childhood. I bridled momentarily – because I’m 100% sure that playing with dolls, like being obsessed with pink, is not a hardwired thing, and Cordelia Fine did a pretty superb… Continue reading Un-gendering sex: a feminist project?