Gender and Sexuality

Pride Month: Three Lessons From 2019 That Help Us Connect More Meaningfully With The LGBTQ+ Community

Reading Time: 8 minutes What is your understanding of Pride Month? Or indeed of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) community?  I will be the first to admit I know far too little. I write these lessons to start to free ourselves from this ignorance. Lessons I have observed during this year’s Pride Month, June, from those better informed. Lessons that barely…

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Women & Culture

Why “BITCH” Is A Linguistic Weapon (That Harms All Women)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Do you remember watching Coach Carter in 2005? A typically American story in many ways, and prone to harmful stereotypes.  One scene stuck. Where Carter bans the use of “Nigger” from his players. Explaining; “nigger is a derogatory term used to insult our ancestors…You using it teaches him (the white man) to use it.” A far too simplistic explanation, but a useful…

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Women & Culture, Women & Race, Women's History

Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is (Still) ACCEPTABLE! Part 2

Reading Time: 7 minutes In part one we uncovered the policing of women’s anger. Discouraged in them while encouraged in men. There is another layer, because the policing of “women’s anger has never been uniform…Black, Latina, and Asian women have faced racist assumptions about their anger”[1]. Race therefore makes anger particularly suspect. The “angry black woman” (ABW) myth expresses this. A triple negative.  Black…

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Women & Culture

Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is ACCEPTABLE! Part 1

Reading Time: 6 minutes Generally, women’s anger is viewed as a negative emotion.[1]With woman imagined by male supremacy as negative, women’s anger is doubly negative. I see this expressed back by women who believe anger achieves nothing. In those women who cite it to silence other women out of fear and discomfort. The message being, anger has no place in women’s fight for justice.…

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Women & Culture

The Insidious Role of Culture in Dominating Women

Reading Time: 7 minutes Before I read A Dialectic of Sex[1], I had never really thought about culture. What it means, how it comes to be and how it relates to women’s place in society. The dictionary defines culture as; “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a society”. Suggesting culture is a basis from which society functions. But what role does it play in…

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