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What Makes a Woman?

What Makes a Woman?
Photo Do women and men have different brains? Back when Lawrence H. Summers was president of Harvard and suggested that they did, the reaction was swift and merciless. Pundits branded him sexist. Faculty members deemed him a troglodyte. But when Bruce Jenner said much the same thing in an April interview with Diane Sawyer, he was lionized for his bravery, even for his progressivism. “My brain is much more female than it is male,” he told her, explaining how he knew that he was transgender. This was the prelude to a new photo spread and interview in Vanity Fair that offered us a glimpse into Caitlyn Jenner’s idea of a woman: a cleavage-boosting corset, sultry poses, thick mascara and the prospect of regular “girls’ nights” of banter about hair and makeup. A part of me winced. I have fought for many of my 68 years against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes, to reduce us to hoary stereotypes. Their truth is not my truth. WHEN Ms.

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Swedish hospital is opening up a rape clinic for men In a push to ensure gender equality for victims of sexual assaults, the Stockholm South General Hospital announced it will open the first “rape clinic” for men in Sweden. The hospital already has a similar walk-in center for women, but decided to open one specifically for men as male rape is still “extremely taboo” and often goes unreported. “The general perception is that men cannot be raped,” Lotti Helström, a senior physician at the hospital told local media. “In studies, the health effects are shown to be greater for men, both in terms of physical health and mental health. There is a greater risk of a raped man getting post-traumatic stress disorder.”

How The Hypersexual Trans Movement Hurts Feminism A central theme of modern, or third-wave feminism is that women should not be treated merely as sexual objects. A central theme of the trans movement is the presentation of trans women as hypersexual objects. Feminism is not big enough for both of these themes. Either being a woman is essentially defined as being alluring to men, or it isn’t. Either the playboy bunny defines the essence of womanhood, or it doesn’t. At the moment, the trans movement opposes more than a century of feminism on this point.

On Silence As A Tool For Queer Families One thing about being a queer person with a kid, is that you find yourself constantly coming out. As a relatively femme presenting queer lady, I was already coming out a lot, but having a baby definitely increases the frequency. People see a baby and immediately imagine that the kid must have a mother and father, who are probably married, who made that baby with good ol’ fashioned P-in-V sexual intercourse, most likely in the missionary position. It’s a stupid assumption, but it’s one I get to correct a lot nowadays. Something has been on my mind, and it’s about the things we don’t say. See, yesterday, my wife and I took our kid to the doctor.

Feminist psychology Feminist psychology is a form of psychology centered on social structures and gender. Feminist psychology critiques historical psychological research as done from a male perspective with the view that males are the norm.[1] Feminist psychology is oriented on the values and principles of feminism. It incorporates gender and the ways women are affected by issues resulting from it. Gender issues can include the way people identify their gender (male, female, genderqueer; transgender or cisgender), how they have been affected by societal structures related to gender (gender hierarchy), the role of gender in the individual’s life (such as stereotypical gender roles), and any other gender related issues. The objective behind this field of study is to understand the individual within the larger social and political aspects of society.[2] Feminist psychology puts a strong emphasis on women's rights. History[edit]

Why did David Reimer commit suicide? Just shy of a month ago, I got a call from David Reimer's father telling me that David had taken his own life. I was shocked, but I cannot say I was surprised. Anyone familiar with David's life—as a baby, after a botched circumcision, he underwent an operation to change him from boy to girl—would have understood that the real mystery was how he managed to stay alive for 38 years, given the physical and mental torments he suffered in childhood and that haunted him the rest of his life. I'd argue that a less courageous person than David would have put an end to things long ago.

Women Who Show Emotional Restraint Are Seen As Less Intelligent Fakers Emotional reactions are a minefield of gender stereotypes. Men are expected to be strong — which often plays out as taciturn, logical, and controlled. Women, meanwhile, are expected to be empathetic — expressive, comforting, and, to an extent, uncontrolled and emotionally volatile. "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." I hate to say I told you so, but….confusing sex with gender is back-firing. Big time. The Advocate has run a news story about some pretty outrageous legislation being proposed in Utah. Their primary concern seems to be that physical exams will be mandated for trans-identified students wishing to use the bathroom in accordance with […] My thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner Editor’s note: I know, I know. You’ve been waiting with breathless anticipation to hear my thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. I know this because there’s been so little media coverage, so few blog posts, so few television commentaries, so little demands to stop calling her a hero, to take away her medal, that her Vanity Fair debut is a win for the transgender community, or that she’s the worst possible person to represent the trans community. I’m not as eloquent as many of the writers whose blogs I have read this week, but here are my thoughts.

Canada's prime minister on the importance of raising feminist sons. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes in gender equality. Last year, when asked why he made a point of selecting a "gender-balanced" cabinet, he replied with a shrug and a simple line: "Because it's 2015." GIF from CBC. He recently touched on another important gender-related topic: men's role in supporting feminism. On the Progress Towards Parity panel during the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this year in Davos, Switzerland, Trudeau shared an important story about how he's raising his own children.

Men Love The Ladies Restroom- Transgender Edition Transgender Activists always dismiss the realistic concerns that women have about allowing males into spaces that are sex segregated for female privacy from male predators. Such as restrooms, locker rooms, showers, hospital bed assignments, jail cells, homeless shelters, rape crisis centers, etc. These activists deny and disregard the real threat to females by males, even males who want to dress in feminine clothes or who “feel like women inside” or who have a psychiatric disorder that causes them to claim they are actually female, even though they are male. These men do not give a shit about the actual people they want to minstrelize and dress up as and mimic. They not only deny that we are oppressed because of our sex, they claim our sex doesn’t even exist!

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