The following was written by and represents the opinion of Mackenzie Cartin, Co-Director of OUTstanding 2015.
Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers
I believe it is important to address what has been occurring since Donna Braquet’s article on inclusive practice with gender pronouns (see link above.) Specifically in regards to the WATE News link on the article I posted to the OUTstanding Facebook page.
Realism v. gender ideology: Women in apocalyptic fiction shaving their armpits.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
This is what gender ideology looks like. That’s The Walking Dead’s Rosita Espinosa and a total absence of armpit hair.
This is also gender ideology at work: the privileging of an idea of gender over real life or, in this case, realism.
The Walking Dead’s producers go to great lengths to portray what a zombie apocalypse might be like. They are especially keen to show us the nasty bits: what it really looks like when dead people don’t die, what it looks like to kill the undead, and the evil it spawns in those left alive. It’s gruesome. The show is a gore orgy. But armpit hair on women? Apparently that’s just gross.
Gender ideology lost this battle with realism, we’d see armpit hair on the women in Gilligan’s Island, Planet of the Apes,The Blue Lagoon, Beauty and the Beast, Waterworld,Lost and, yes, The Hunger Games – but we don’t. (Thanks to Ariane Lange at Buzzfeed for the whole collection and to @uheartdanny for the link.)
At least Rosita could conceivably have a razor. How do women supposedly shave their armpits on deserted islands? Did the Beast slip Belle a razor, you know, just as part of his controlling personality? And maybe some persnickety women would continue to shave even if they were lost in purgatory, but Riley in Alien? Come on.
Our interest in realism only goes so far. Armpit hair on women is apparently one of its limits.
I just wrote this thing for a lecture I’m going to be giving soon and I thought some people might find it helpful because it’s quick, painless and crammed with information.
Bisexuality is often accused of reinforcing the gender binary. Because “bi”means “two” in Latin, bisexuality is presumed to refer to
attraction towards only
two genders, and those two genders presumed to be cisgender
of this, bisexuality is ruled
to be binarist, transphobic and oppressive towards trans people.
this arguments oversimplifies
the meaning, etymology and history of the term.
has originated in medical and scientific theories of the
century, meaning that it was invented by the medical and scientific
institution and only later
reclaimed by bisexual people and movements.
addition, the “two” in bisexual doesn’t specifically
refer to any gender (or even gender at all), but simply to two
changes and evolves:
“queer” literally means “strange and
“lesbian” literally means “someone from the isle of
“gay” literally means “happy”;
means “someone who’s crossed to the other side of gender” (which
is no less linguistically “binary”
Historically, the bisexual
movement in the US started gaining popularity in the 90’s, around the
same time as the transgender movement. So while language wasn’t
always available, bisexuality was consistently described in terms of
attraction to women, men and other genders, using
such terms as “androgynous people”, “third gender” or “in
Also, bisexual trans people exist. According to recent studies, 25% of trans people identify as bisexual.
bisexual organizations in the world define bisexuality as attraction
to more than one gender or to genders similar to and different from
And yet a special
standard is applied to bisexuality in particular. Why?
Found and photographed by Hannah Ebben, and used with permission. Hannah gives this description: “It was taken on the first floor of the Erasmus building of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.”
This is definitely my favourite proposed toilet door symbol so far. :)
“We still live in a binary world in which the idea is imposed on us that there are only two genders; we need to change that perception.”Cox is determined to use the platform that OITNB has given her to raise awareness of the plight of her trans sisters, and is working on a documentary about CeCe McDonald – who was jailed for killing a man who attacked her – as well as ensuring other cases aren’t forgotten. “Monica Jones falsely arrested for prostitution; Jewelyes Gutierrez charged with battery for taking on her school bullies; Islan Nettles beaten to death for being a trans woman…” as Cox recites their names it becomes clear that where other actresses see fame as a reward, she sees it as a weapon, a way of reminding the world of its injustice towards those it struggles to understand.