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Go Where? Sex, Gender, and Toilets

Go Where? Sex, Gender, and Toilets
Women’s and men’s washrooms: we encounter them nearly every time we venture into public space. To many people the separation of the two, and the signs used to distinguish them, may seem innocuous and necessary. Trans people know that this is not the case, and that public battles have been waged over who is allowed to use which washroom. The segregation of public washrooms is one of the most basic ways that the male-female binary is upheld and reinforced. As such, washroom signs are very telling of the way societies construct gender. I present here for your perusal, a typology and analysis of various washroom signs. [Editor: After the jump because there are dozens of them... which is why Marissa's post is so awesome...] The Universal Male One of the ideas that supports patriarchy is the notion that a man can be representative of all humanity, or “mankind”, while a woman could only be representative of other women. Occasionally, we see that men are people, and women are people with waists: Related:  Gender StudiesStéréotypie sexiste

The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough By Anne Fausto-Sterling The Sciences March/April 1993, p. 20-24 Anne Fausto-Sterling is Professor of Biology and Women's Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. In 1843 Levi Suydam, a twenty-three-year-old resident of Salisbury, Connecticut, asked the town board of selectmen to validate his right to vote as a Whig in a hotly contested local election. Barry's diagnosis, however, turned out to be somewhat premature. Western culture is deeply committed to the idea that there are only two sexes. But if the state and the legal system have an interest in maintaining a two-party sexual system, they are in defiance of nature. For some time medical investigators have recognized the concept of the intersexual body. In reality though, few such students would make it as far as Brown in sexually diverse form. usual male (XY) or female (XX) chromosomal makeup. Intersexuality itself is old news.

Pourquoi les femmes mentent sur leur nombre de partenaires sexuels SEXUALITE - Décidément, le sexe n'est véritablement pas un sujet comme les autres. De nos jours, les hommes assument volontiers leurs comportements "féminins" (comme la poésie) et les femmes leurs comportements "masculins" (comme faire des blagues grivoises). Mais quand il s'agit de sexualité, c'est une autre histoire. Comme le veut le cliché, les hommes ont tendance à exagérer leur nombre de partenaires sexuelles et les femmes, à l'inverse, à l'amoindrir. Si l'on en doutait, une équipe de psychologues de l'Université de l'Ohio , l'ont prouvé: les hommes auraient bien tendance à grossir le nombre de leurs partenaires sexuels et à s'inventer des conquêtes. Quant aux femmes, elles auraient également tendance à minimiser leur nombre de partenaires sexuels. Lire aussi: » Sexualité masculine: 4 mythes à combattre » Sexe: ce qui inquiète les femmes » Comment le désir sexuel se lit dans votre cerveau On dit la vérité sur tout, sauf sur le sexe Prises en flagrant délit de mensonge Loading Slideshow

Transnational Data on Gender and Science Aptitude by Lisa Wade, PhD, Feb 17, 2013, at 12:00 pm In 2009, 470,000 15-year-olds in 65 developed nations took a science test. Boys in the U.S. outperformed girls by 14 points: 509 to 495. How does the U.S. compare to other countries? The figure below — from the New York Times — features Western and Northern Europe and the Americas (in turquoise), Asia and the Pacific Islands (in pink), and the Middle East and Eastern and Southern Europe (in yellow). Notice that the countries in which boys outscore girls are overwhelmingly Western and Northern Europe and the Americas. This data tells a similar story to the data on gender and math aptitude. One lesson to take is this: any given society is just one data point and can’t be counted on to tell the whole story. Via The Global Sociology Blog.

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. This response was published on January 11, 2013. By Paul Shawcross The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are living in the future! If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us!

[French] Les Inuit et le raffinement des trois genres Regards.fr : Pourquoi les anthropologues ont longtemps décrit les sociétés inuit comme peu développées, simples et adeptes d’une sexualité collective ? Bernard Saladin d’Anglure : Au début du xxe siècle, Marcel Mauss, dans son Essai sur les variations saisonnières des sociétés eskimos pense que les Inuit ont une vie sociale qui oscille entre deux pôles : un individualisme estival fondé sur la famille nucléaire, la vie laïque du groupe, et la production individuelle ; et un communisme hivernal, parental, économique, religieux et sexuel, s’exprimant dans le partage et l’échange généralisé des biens, des gibiers, des enfants et des conjoints, et dans de grands rituels collectifs. Mais les Inuit fascinent surtout les anthropologues par les moyens qu’ils inventent pour s’adapter à un milieu très hostile. A-t-on imposé aux Inuit un système de nom de famille occidental ? Vous décrivez une éducation des enfants bien éloignée de la nôtre… Vous parlez même de transsexualisme…

EVJF : Le patriarcat loin d’être enterré L’article de cette semaine est écrit par Gaëlle Thébaud, membre du collectif d’Egal à Egales (dont vous pouvez visiter le blog et la page facebook). Il est illustré par Janine, auteure de l’excellent blog BD Poil à fille. C’est sa première illustration sur Genre!, nous collaborerons dorénavant de manière régulière. Elle a déjà illustré un de mes articles, paru cette semaine sur le webzine britannique Vagenda et portant sur l’abrogation de la loi sur le harcèlement sexuel. A partir de mars, les habitants des villes qui baguenaudent le samedi après-midi ne peuvent échapper aux hordes de jeunes futur-es marié-es qui se baladent en grappe, déguisés en princesse ou en super-héros et qui, à grands renforts de chansons paillardes ou de cris perçants, enterrent leur vie de célibataire. Le côté démonstratif de cette future conjugalité exhibée lors d’une déambulation bruyante peut, au premier abord, agacer la féministe anti-mariage et anti-sexiste. Gaëlle Thébaud Like this: J'aime chargement…

Manifiesto al desnudo | Intersexciones Sociedad Nos han educado de una manera extraña. Una manera que jamás ponemos en duda. No tenemos argumentos, pero sí afirmamos con total seguridad sobre lo que es moral y lo que no. La foto del post no es casualidad. Por supuesto que es una manera de exhibirse, cosa que ya he hecho bastante en mi Instagram y en mi Twitter. Os hablaré de los desnudos. Según la mentalidad de hoy (que desgraciadamente sigue siendo casi la misma que la de ayer) la gente se desnuda por tres motivos: para ducharse, para cambiarse de ropa y para follar. Pero la percepción de la desnudez es igual de ridícula que la de la infidelidad o la de la prostitución. Nos han educado de una manera extraña. Nos gusta justificar los comportamientos a través de la prehistoria porque curiosamente todas las respuestas están allí. Le enseñé a unos amigos una foto de Instagram de otra amiga común: salía medio desnuda y estaba preciosa. Y yo me pregunto: ¿cómo podemos ser tan falsos? Pero volvamos a la foto que ilustra el post.

Creating the All-Terrain Human Come winter, when most elite ultrarunners keep running, Jornet puts away his trail-running shoes for six months and takes up ski-mountaineering racing, which basically amounts to running up and around large mountains on alpine skis. In this sport too, Jornet reigns supreme: he has been the overall World Cup champion three of the last four winters. So what’s next when you’re 25 and every one of the races on the wish list you drew up as a youngster has been won and crossed out? But bigger challenges bring bigger risks. Chamonix, France, is a resort town wedged into a narrow valley at the foot of Mont Blanc, just over an hour’s drive southeast of Geneva. As we drove to and from Valle d’Aosta in Italy, where he would train that day, Jornet told me in soft-spoken English (one of five languages­ he speaks) how he first stunned the small world of elite ultrarunning. His versatility amazes other runners, including Jurek, who today is a friend. Don’t you sweat? What are you running after?

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