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 ...

Dead Wild Roses: Female Roles – Andrea Dworkin

What we are exposed to in childhood helps set the tone of our expectations later in life.  Consider the female role models little girls and boys are exposed to while they are making up their minds on what and how they want to be. -Woman Hating.  Andrea Dworkin      Contrast this passage with male role ...

Dead Wild Roses: Socialization & Patriarchy

Tatsuya Ishida creates the internet comic Sinfest.  Sometimes his insight hits the proverbial nail on the head.   Filed under: Culture, Social Science Tagged: Gender Roles, Patriarchy, Sinfest, Socialization

Dead Wild Roses: On Being Socialized Female – The Gender Knot

-Allan Johnson on compulsory femininity (the systematic expectations and goals of female socialization) The Gender Knot   Filed under: Education Tagged: Being Female, Feminism, Patriachy, Radical Feminism, Socialization

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: The Threat of Sexual Violence – Being Female in Society.

“I think the weirdest thing about having teenaged boys yell: “suck my dick bitch.” at me is that there’s nothing I can say to them that will make them feel the way that makes me feel. I have lived my entire life with this threat of sexual violence hanging over my head: I’ve experienced it ...

Dead Wild Roses: John Stuart Mill – The Subjection of Women

John Stuart Mill wrote an essay in 1861 (published 1869) called the Subjection of Women.  From this brief quote we can see the evidence that even in the 19th century there were people who understood how socialization effects people and how they behave.  I’m constantly amazed that here and now in the 21st century I ...

Dead Wild Roses: Ruth Hubbard – The Political Nature of Human ‘Nature’

Clearing up some of the confusion about socialization and being ‘born that way’, Ruth Hubbard in this excerpt tackles the nature/nurture question head on.  Read the whole article here. “We can visualize this kind of interaction or transformation by thinking about the interplay between biological and cultural factors that affects the ways boys and girls grow up ...

Dead Wild Roses: Dress Codes – Rape Culture

We’ll just file this under ‘pages that I need to photocopy and widely distribute’. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Rape Culture, Socialization

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. ...

Melissa Fong: ‘Women Get Paid Exactly What They’re Worth’: Fox New wants women to accept pickle juice

Equal pay is not special treatment, it is correcting for the inequalities born out of patriarchy.

Melissa Fong: Black boys deserve our tears: On White privilege & police brutality

Sometimes I cry when reading the news. I cry because so many horrendous things happen to people and I can’t possibly understand why this world is SUCH a horrible place. There are countless stories about the negative stereotypes and police brutality that Black men must endure… but this really broke my heart: “I blame myself, ...

Political Eh-conomy: Notes on pensions and risk

Canada’s finance ministers are meeting this weekend and a proposal to expand the CPP is at the top of the agenda. If implemented, this proposal would bolster an important public program at a time when public programs are under attack and the public sector as whole is shrinking. There are many good arguments in favour of strong public pensions, ...

Dead Wild Roses: You are what you watch – Violence in the Media

    I think one of the smartest things a parent can do is get rid of the TV if they have children.  TV land is a violently misogynistic place that perpetuates the current ugly set of cultural norms we have here in North America.   The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shares some startling/depressing facts about ...