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Archives for June, 2009

First Year Patriarchy Laboratory

Christina Pikas has a nice post about finding information in books. Sadly, however, she notes the following: What kinds of things might a book work best for?…not for cutting edge, mostly What does this imply when you think about our ongoing project to work our way through Allan Johnson’s The Gender Knot? Oh crap, we’re…

Cooking: A Primitive Protection Racket

Bloggingheads.tv has John Horgan interviewing Richard Wrangham of Harvard on a variety of topics related to his new book Catching Fire. The part of interest to me – and to our ongoing discussion on patriarchy – relates to cooking as a “primitive protection racket” in which men agree to protect women’s food supply in return…

Next Gender Knot Post Will Be Next Week

Hi all…just wanted to let you know that I am planning to do the first post for Chapter 2 of The Gender Knot sometime next week, probably mid-week. I have the new edition of the book and have been reading but there’s a lot of stuff going on with mine and Mr. Z’s family this…

What does it mean when a woman ogles a man in the patriarchy? Reader RichB commented: …men being looked at as sexual objects increases their power, but women being looked at as sexual objects decreases their power. Reader Hope isn’t buying it: Really? So if I ogle a man, I’m increasing his power? If a…

In light of the great discussion you all have been having on the second post on Chapter 1 of The Gender Knot, I thought it would be a good time to direct you to this most excellent Feminism 101 post at Shakesville, “Sexism Is A Matter Of Opinion“. The whole thing is pure gold but…

Kim at All of My Faults Are Stress Related asks: I’ve got a question for women readers, especially those in the geosciences, environmental sciences, or field sciences: what do you get out of reading blogs? And if you have a blog yourself, what do you get out of writing it? I’m asking because there’s a…

Welcome to our discussion of The Gender Knot by Allan Johnson. This is the second post in the discussion series. We will be discussing Chapter 1 “Where Are We?” You can find all posts connected to this discussion here. As noted before, there is an updated edition of the book now available. In the first…

When I was a young girl, I used to watch my mother at her ironing board. There was always a lot of ironing to be done. She kept a big clear plastic bag of clothes waiting their turn at the ironing board, and would sprinkle them with water – there was a special bottle for…

I’m visiting with mom this week, taking her to a number of doctor appointments and dealing with some minor medical issues. No time for stuff I promised you like the second post on Chapter 1 of The Gender Knot. So what I want you to do, to pass the time while you wait for me…

Silence Is The Enemy

By now perhaps you have heard of the Silence Is The Enemy project started by Sheril Kirshenbaum at The Intersection with help from Isis at On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess. From Sheril’s post: Today begins a very important initiative called Silence Is The Enemy to help a generation of young women half a…