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30 September 2013 @ 01:59 pm
What's Next?  
It may be OK, soon, for a woman to marry a woman and a man to marry a man everywhere in the United States. But it’s not even close to being OK for a boy to like Barbies and sparkly pink dresses or to swish when he grows up—or for a girl to be so masculine that people nearly do a double take trying to figure out which sex she fits. It’s not OK, yet, for someone apparently born male to grow into womanhood, or for someone who started life considered female to make it clear he’s a man. As for the rest of us, we are still, far more than we understand, herded unnecessarily by our sex—by the stereotypes associated with how a woman or a man should act.
Read the whole thing, if you wish.

Thanx to Feministing
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don_fitch on September 30th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yup, we are still pretty much framed by "the stereotypes associated with how a woman or a man should act". Also: "age", "race", "socio-economic Class", and probably others I'm not aware of.

Mind you, if (in the unlikely event) I'm ever interviewed on National T.V. about current events, I'll try to frame my response as, say, I think a young Black woman would, even though I'm an 84-year-old White geezer. I like to think that there might be more people like me than most Americans realize.

[Years/decades ago, in one of the many small-town Historical Museums & Washington & Oregon, I picked up a self-published (I forget, now, whether by mimeograph or typeset by the printer of the local newspaper) an autobiography written by one of the long-time residents. Among other things, he recounts tearing-aound the NorthWest with some friends, drilling holes in the sides of (illegal) slot-machines & inserting a wire to trigger the "Jackpot!" function, then filling the hole with wax, covering with paint-matching pigment, & re-using when they made the rounds in another year or so. I'm sure his children were Dreadfully Embarrassed. His grandchildren, on the other hand... probably threw a mavelous Wake when he died, and I wish I could have joined them. ]

browngirl on September 30th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
I'll try to frame my response as, say, I think a young Black woman would, even though I'm an 84-year-old White geezer.

I'm not quite young anymore, but I still want to hear this.