For your edification and edjumacation


In case yesterday’s overextended metaphor wasn’t enough for you, check out this piece on the dog and the gecko, an amazing metaphor for privilege. If you haven’t figured out what I mean by “privilege” yet, read this.

And then there’re dogs and smurfs: why women writers and stories about women are taken less seriously (don’t worry, it’s not a metaphor — or rather, interrogates a trope we take as metaphor).

If you’ve ever asked yourself “Why does she stay with that jerk?” here are twenty answers. None of them is “she’s stupid” or “she deserves it”.

Filed under further rhetorical questions, would B. Manning be treated the same if out as a trans woman? As Emily says, not bloody likely.

Of course, being trans doesn’t mean Manning is, therefore, a woman — and being nonbinary doesn’t mean one is genderfluid, either.

Elizabeth of Spilt Milk is blogging at Feministe, and I couldn’t be happier. Check out especially Feminist mothers (you, being here, don’t need to be exhorted to read women who are parents and writing about feminism, but DO check out the other recommendations at the end of her post) and In defense of children.

Further to meta discussions of feminists, read this long and wholly worthwhile piece on white privilege in feminist organizations, especially those seeking “diversity”.

Race and gender are hardly the only axes (for lack of a better term) of privilege/marginalization, as you can read about in The Mental Burden of a Lower-Class Background.

But speaking of race and gender, do yourself a favor and watch Random Black Girl. (Lyrics, and a bunch of blather, here.)

This is, though rather male-centric, more or less how my mind works regarding writing.

Finally, this post is being pre-written and scheduled, because by the time you read this, I will have seen the final Harry Potter film installment, with the awesome Amy of Anktangle. But oh, do I wish we could have seen Joanne Rowling’s Hermione Granger series instead…

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4 Responses to For your edification and edjumacation

  1. Great links! The one about dogs and Smurfs in particular resonated with me. I enjoy the privilege of being a dude, and I’m often horribly guilty of assuming maleness. I’m going to try to get a handle on this.


  3. 12donehousewife

    Thank you for sharing!

    Love the one about white feminists. It reminds me (oddly) of a friend’s church. They thought that having an African American temp pastor would bring in people of color and make them seem all diverse and stuff. But then they realized that it meant they had to actually associate with “those black people” and listen to “black” sermons and “black” music and they got sick of that pretty fast. They’re not racist or anything though, no way. They just have different “church goals” and “preferences.” *eye roll*

    While I can’t speak to the male zoo animal phenomenon, I’ve noticed that when it comes to domestic animals, people revert to the gender of the pets they know/grew up with. My parents used to have a female cat and a male dog, and now they constantly call my female dog “he” and THEIR male cats “she.” 9-20 years with pets gets one accustomed to certain pronouns. Just an alternate explanation for the pet gendering.

  4. Jenny Islander

    Yes, yes, yes to “In Defense of Children!” Speaking of kids being invisible, I can count the number of summer blockbusters in which kids have more than a line or two and their characters really act like kids on one hand. There’s the original Jurassic Park and then there’s Deep Impact, and then . . . um . . .

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