So, apparently something I wrote on a lark for an online youth magazine in Brazil got picked up by a major print magazine. Because surreal is a far too accurate description of my life. From this, I’ve been getting requests for interviews. Which, see aforementioned re “surreal”. And one thing I’m noticing is a confusion between “gender diverse parenting” and parenting of a kid who, it turns out, is pretty creative when it comes to his gender expression (also known as “gender nonconforming”, though that implies an expectation TO conform). Here’s the thing: I didn’t set out to have a kid who sometimes likes dresses and whose favorite colors are pink and “anything bright”, who loves long hair (though he doesn’t love brushing it), is willing to stand in line and follow instructions in order to take pre-ballet, who would rather correct strangers every day with semi-patient iterations of “I’m a boy” than change how he dresses and discard the purple shoes he loves to wear. Raising My Boychick | Parenting, privilege, and rethinking the norm
This is a guest post from Sparky, of Spark in Darkness. Many of you are familiar with him from Livejournal, as well as from his insightful and often hilarious commentary here. Each Tuesday, Womanist Musings will be featuring a post from Sparky. I generally avoid 101 conversations on Womanist Musings, or for that matter, on sparkindarkness. Being “privileged” doesn’t mean your life is rosy
Womanist Musings I was on Facebook when I came across a video of a woman fighting with her kids in the grocery store. She tried to get her son to stop eating the grapes because this amounts to theft. His reaction was to tell her to watch her tone and then he preceded to lay hands on his mother. She of course lost her ever loving mind and someone intervened to drag her out of the store before she could lay a beating on the child.
There’s a good chance that someone you know is getting ready to tie the knot. Go fetch your prettiest handkerchiefs and let’s help you get dressed for the happy occasion. I don’t know about you, but a party where everyone sits quietly in a bar and reads together sounds like MY KIND OF PARTY. “Go see weirdos and women and everyone living on the fabulous fringes of society doing things, please. Autostraddle
Brigid Delaney, CNN, October 12, 2007 Naomi Klein's 2000 book No Logo galvanized a generation to resist the lure of brands and corporatization. Direct action such as protests and guerilla tactics such as culture jamming and graffiti were encouraged. Back then the movement had teeth and energy, but very quickly it has not just deflated but sharply turned into a world of hyper consumption, according to Klein. Welcome to the Pro-Logo generation that is more likely to buy a wristband and ticket to Live Earth than hit the streets in protest. The Bono-ization of Activism