A Puff of Absurdity: On Gender Pronouns and Peterson’s Case

This is a difficult thing for me to figure out, and I’m not sure I’m quite firm on anything yet, but I’ve been completely fascinated by the discussions around Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto prof who refuses to use individually-determined gender pronouns, so I’ll try to narrow down what I actually think based on ...

Dead Wild Roses: A Conversation on ‘Gatekeeping’ and Gender

http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/153664078226/you-should-learn-more-about-radical-feminism Interesting conclusion – if gender is completely subjective, personal quality, how can it be meaningful in a descriptive sense? It comes back down to the utility of meanings that are based in the material reality of the situation. Women = adult human female is an objective fact, and I haven’t seen an alternate definition ...

Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminist Conversations: Terminology, Bathrooms, and Gender

The claims of trans-ideology, when examined, often fall short of being persuasive. The confusion between sex and gender and the terminology involved almost always plays a large role in making their arguments functionally opaque to the lay person. In this conversation Auntie Wanda, a gender critical feminist, wades through the confusion and gets to the ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Female Erasure – Gender

I completely need this book. Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Female Erasure, Gender, Gender Roles, Radical Feminism, Society, The Scourage of Idenity Politics

Dead Wild Roses: Why Defining Your Terms is Important – Sex and Gender

How weird is it that such basic concepts can cause so much furor? It is almost like a certain category of men have decided they strongly dislike a particular objective fact, and expect the rest of the world to fall in line with their new orthodoxy (because they say so).  Conveniently, when it come to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Genderist and Feminist conceptions of Sex and Gender

Notes from the gender debate that is ongoing in society. I think that the sooner we recognize that gender is a harmful social construct and move toward removing it from society, the better off we’ll be. http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/151164241261/sassysublimetastemaker-girlsmoonsandstars Filed under: Feminism, Gender Issues Tagged: Feminists, Gender, Genderists, sex

A Puff of Absurdity: On Missing the Girls

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen  (Everyone’s using that bit today, but they always skip the first part of the verse.) As I started down the road towards mastectomy-ville, I wondered how weird it would feel ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – On Gender – Sheila Jeffreys

“Gender functions as an ideological system that justifies and organizes women’s subordination and for this reason it must be dismantled. Women and girls cannot access full humanity and the rights and opportunities of full human status while the idea that there are personality traits and appearance norms that are naturally and essentially associated with girls ...

Dead Wild Roses: Definitions for Indefinite Times – Transracial?

We can file this under ‘words have meanings’ and meanings are important.   Sex: a binary that refers to which reproductive organs you have (males have sperm, females have eggs) Race: a system that organizes people based on melanin levels in the skin and place of origin (labeling varies, but physical differences exist between races) ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Womanhood – Toomanymurlocs

https://toomanymurlocs.tumblr.com/post/151123235220/on-womanhood Filed under: Gender Issues Tagged: Gender, Gender Critical Feminism, Radical Feminism, Womanhood

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – On Gender – Auntie Wanda

“No one has a gender. It’s a social construct, you said that yourself, anon. And it is a social construct: it’s arbitrary rules of behavior assigned to people based on their sex and reinforced by social systems. People are socially punished for not conforming to it. All “trans” is is when people mistake these socially constructed ...

Dead Wild Roses: Story Time: Affirming the Status-quo and the Utility of Identity Politics

   A conversation gleaned from Stardate Whenever – “I was chatting with one of my managers and he told me he does drag performance and identifies as genderqueer. Which, you know, obviously I disagree with that terminology. He had just been reprimanded at work for wearing makeup. In the same day that I was reprimanded ...

Dead Wild Roses: A Civil Gender Critical Discussion?

    The following is an exchange on tumblr between littlepumkinprincess and auntiewanda.  I have changed the formatting a bit for the sake of readability, but their words and ideas remain the same.  Many of the arguments that occur between gender critical feminists and trans-advocates play out in this exchange.  It is certainly not an exhaustive ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gender not Mysterious – Go Figure.

Watch as the mythology of gender is stripped away quickly and efficiently by AuntieWanda. http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/150945830601/gender-roles-and-gender-arent-the-same-thing Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Gender, Gender Critical Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Auntie Wanda on Gender

   It is evident that Auntie Wanda has thought a fair amount on gender and how it is constructed in society. It’s [sex and gender] really not that esoteric: A girl is a prepubescent to adolescent human female. A woman is a post-adolescent human female. A boy is a prepubescent to adolescent human male. A ...

Things Are Good: Men Shouldn’t Worry About Being Breadwinners

Gender stereotypes and expectations aren’t good for anybody, and there’s more and more evidence that men who worry about having to be the primary income earners hurts their health. The old way of thinking that a man had to earn more than his partner in a heterosexual relationship no longer makes sense. Thanks to the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Bathroom Conundrum in Public School

   “I don’t want to see penis when I go to the washroom; he just stands there with the stall open and it makes me uncomfortable.“. That was the quotable bit from a conversation I had with a female student I happened to be teaching at an elementary school this week.  We were walking in ...

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper continues her examination of sex and gender in part 2.  (Did you miss part 1?)   Gender 10. The oppression linked to sex begins at birth, operating through the social imposition of gender. Gender is the label that feminists use to describe the value system that prescribes and proscribes forms of behaviour and appearance for ...

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part One).

Ms. Reilly-Cooper has done some fantastic foundational work describing what sex and gender is and, more importantly, how many radical feminists approach the topic. This will be a long post and a feature here at DWR as it is a resource too good not to replicate. “Sex 1. Humans, like the vast majority of species, reproduce sexually. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Talking About Gender – Debbie Cameron – Part 1

There certainly seems to be a great deal of confusion about basic terminology.  Let’s see if we can un-muddy the waters a bit.  This is taken from Trouble and Strife.   “Debbie Cameron: The purpose of today’s discussion is to try to cut through some of the theoretical and political confusion which now surrounds the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Second Wave Saw it Coming – Post-Feminism

If your Feminism doesn’t center females at its core, you may have a problem… Stevi Jackson.  Trouble & Strife Winter 1992/93. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Essentialism, Feminsm, Gender

Dead Wild Roses: Gender and Family Farms – I love the Smell the Patriarchy in the Morning

   JSTOR Daily – News with a scholarly slant.  Damn Son, I’m going to be all over that site. 🙂 From the article on Gender and Family Farms: “Scott writes that all 23 women interviewed for the paper described doing both male and female chores. Men, on the other hand, talked mostly about male labor. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – The Gender Binary – Lierre Keith

What is gender and how does if affect our society?  Lierre Keith provides some insight and clarity regarding the topic while casting some shade on the po-mo obfuscation of said topic. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: DWR Feminist Quote of the Day, Feminism, Gender, Gender binary, Lierre Keith

Dead Wild Roses: The Gendered Viewing of Dirt

Think you’re immune to social constructs?  Think again.   “Let’s examine that a bit. “Men don’t see dirt the way women do.” That’s a pretty common assertion. And it’s bullshit. Vision problems aside, we’re all seeing the same dirty house; we’re just interpreting it differently. You and your boyfriend both walk in, see the pile ...

Dead Wild Roses: “Why do you want to look like a man?” – Shamelessly Unladylike Speaks Truth about Gender and Being a Woman.

The stuff you can find on tumblr these days.  I applaud the trenchant analysis of gender and what being a woman (performing femininity) is like in much of western society. “Why do you want to look like a man?” I wear clothing from the men’s section of the clothing store. My leg hairs are longer ...