I really do love my body. There is a lot more of it than there used to be, but what is here is strong, and muscular, and sensuous, and good. This blogpost is my contribution to NOW's "Love Your Body Day" Blog Carnival In our masculinist culture men and women, boys and girls, learn three … Continue reading NOW: I LOVE MY BODY AND MY MIND
The latest battle around immigration will concern the citizenship rights of children born to "illegal" immigrants, today's New York Times predicts. It seems some loud-mouthed policymakers in Arizona and other states want to deny the right of some babies born in the US to be Americans. While the obvious argument against this misguided, … Continue reading Immigration and violence against women
There is a lot that is right about Tony Porter's "A Call to Men" speech, also a lot that is wrong. See also the website. What is right is the message that normative masculinity is rigidly identified with violence and domination and masculinist oppression, Normative masculine men are fundamentally insecure and spend their whole lives … Continue reading Can we talk about race? On Obama and Tony Porter.
I had no idea how hard one could work to do a proper shoulder stand. O, and I'm doing nearly every other pose wrong, it turns out. My muscles all want to work en masse, fused together, locked down, whereas to do a good triangle, for example, my muscles need to work separately, in different … Continue reading Shoulder Stand
The people in this cartoon are "doing gender." What does this mean? What is gender? Gender is an embodied social program, an ideological construction of the body that we do not simply perform in language and gesture, but also inhabit and experience somatically (from the Greek, soma), in the body . Gender is durable, although not inevitable, … Continue reading What is Gender?
What does it all mean? And why am I still ANGRY? Why are the National Organization of Women and NARAL, our nation's strongest advocates for women women's health, upset? The mostly male members of the House and Senate managed to bring a little sanity to our insane health care system last night. With nearly all Republicans … Continue reading The Hard Road to Freedom