Archive for June, 2014

June 25th, 2014

Recommended Reading #207: Questions and Examination, Pt. VI



      “Are men’s naked bodies the stuff of nightmares? I think not” by Zoe Margolis (Gender Socialization, Health and Body, Sex and Culture) 6/22/14

I agree with the assertions I interpret here about gender equality and gender socialization, and I too have lamented for years the seeming lack of expressions of appreciation for the beauty and sexiness of the male body. I appreciate seeing this said.

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      This timeline photo caption on UniteWomen.org’s Facebook page (Gender Socialization, Sex and Culture, Violence) 6/25/14

This, indeed, speaks for itself (be sure to click the “See More” link in the photo caption).

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      “Slut-Shaming Hurts Every Woman—Including Mean Girls” by Shira Tarrant (Sociology, Research, Gender Socialization) 6/23/14

I liked and appreciated this because it struck me as a substantive assessment of both the general cultural phenomenon referred to as slut-shaming as well as the study on the subject to which this piece refers. In a relative few words, this piece brings to light a number of issues, and rather than postulate answers, it raises questions. I appreciate that and recommend it due to its potential instigation of awareness and consideration as such.

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June 18th, 2014

Recommended Reading #206: Humanity and Inspiration, Pt. XII



      “Wil Wheatons response to a little girl on how to deal with being called a nerd” by CGPhotogcom (Non-Sex-Related, Sociology, Psychology, Consciousness/Spirituality) 6/7/13

Though I would use a different word from “pity,” I profoundly appreciate this offering from Wil Wheaton, especially in the context of its being offered to an adolescent in response to a direct question expressing pain.

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      “The Human Walking Program” by Jake Barrow (Non-Sex-Related, Animals, Psychology) 5/2014

What a beautiful, astute, brilliant idea.

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      “What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital” by Stephanie Marohn (Non-Sex-Related, Psychology, Sociology, Consciousness/Spirituality) 6/12/14

I suspect/imagine that a lot of Western culture readers could feel lost by this piece within a few paragraphs. I still recommend it due to the chance it may resonate and/or expand the perspectives of some. Reading it took my breath away, and I felt deep resonance throughout reading it. I so appreciate its being shared and Dr Somé’s work.

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June 11th, 2014

Recommended Reading #205: Digging Deeper, Pt. X



      “Why It’s So Hard for Men to See Misogyny” by Amanda Hess (Gender Socialization, Sociology, Psychology) 5/27/14

I didn’t find this fun to read, but it does express information it seems to me relevant for people to be aware of.

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      “What’s Desperately Needed in Sex Education Today” by Jaclyn Friedman (Sexuality Education, Youth, Sex and Culture, Gender Socialization, Sociology) 5/28/14

I appreciate this piece very much, both in its calm and aware tone and also in its recognition of the significance of the underlying and pernicious messages our culture perpetuates about sex and gender.

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      “Media Fear Tactics” at Gavin de Becker & Associates (Non-Sex-Related, Sociology, (U.S.-centric) News Reporting, Humor) Undated

I simply love this. While I have tended to avoid mainstream news coverage for several years, I have observed some headlines and/or coverage in passing or in an environment when I’m not controlling its broadcasting (e.g., at the airport when CNN is blaring), and I have found what I perceive as both the alarmist nature of it and the content that this culture considers “news” potentially toxic energetically and psychologically. This piece highlights a number of reasons why and does so in a way I actually found humorous at times!

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June 4th, 2014

Recommended Reading #204: Gender Socialization, Pt. V



      “Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What?” by Soraya Chemaly (Youth, Gender Socialization, Art, Sociology) 3/18/14

I find this piece excellent. It expresses a number of things I have frequently and historically perceived, and as has often seemed the case, I am delighted to see them expressed to such a wide audience. :)

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      “Husbands shouldn’t need an excuse – or science – to do the damn dishes” by Jessica Valenti (Relationship, Sociology, Parenting) 5/29/14

Jessica makes (what I see as) such obvious points here, and yet the very fact that they don’t always culturally seem so truly makes me sigh.

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      “Yes, All Men” by Charles M. Blow (Sociology, Psychology, Sex and Culture) 6/1/14

Beautiful.

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