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Sunday, May 15

  1. msg eh, my critique message posted eh, my critique I'm going to preface this by saying that it's a discussion and therefore I’m going to use creative …
    eh, my critique
    I'm going to preface this by saying that it's a discussion and therefore I’m going to use creative liberty and write this blogger/outline style.

    There is a lot of this paper that I do not like. There’s some lovely (sarcasm) wording throughout. To start with, I don’t like the term “gender labor.” It’s the “work” of authenticating someone’s gender. I really don’t like the words work and labor in this definition; it makes it sound like a job when it should be more about support.
    There’s a section of this paper Gender as Labor that seems to encourage societal gender roles similar to those of the American household in the 1950’s and 60’s. It suggests that there has to be a more “masculine” or “feminine” partner in a relationship. It also over-sympathizes with the people who are “forced to recognize” the gender identities of the people that they care about/associate with.
    In the section Giving Gender, it describes trans as if it were a shortcoming, as if an issue of oneself in the body that they have is a mask for another psychological problem, not a genuine issue on its own. It insinuates that trans persons are living a lie, that they’re frauds. On the plus side, it does recognize the amount of discrimination in the workplace that trans people often face. This section suggests that gender problems are a cover for other shortcomings in a person’s life. It lists traits of emotional help that are “only for females or feminine figures.”
    Now I’ve got a lot to say about this Femme Labor section. It starts with saying that many women resent their FTM partner. The partners must be “the girl,” work hard on forgetting the transperson’s bio gender, and work for alliance. It relates FTMs to not wanting to be “the girl” (aka the submissive partner) in sexual context. It suggests that butch and FTM are only identifying with masculinity because they’ve been taught that “being a woman” is bad, as if it makes someone less of a person. It suggests FTM and butch enforce gender roles/stereotypes on femmes in order to reinforce their masculinity. They “apparently” force their female partners to act even more feminine in order to help them feel more “manly.” I do like The Labor of Forgetting section. It says a lot about privacy and respect. It explains the want for the partner of an FTM to be educated on the subject of transsexualism, but expected not to discuss their feminine past/upbringing. They want their partners to not bring up the sometimes painful memories that they have from their past, but to also understand the changes that they’ve gone through. It’s a matter of respecting the privacy of their partner and showing a deeper level of understanding. The Labor of Alliance section isn’t exactly what I’d call “trans friendly.” It continues to over-sympathize with the allies of trans and butch persons. It suggests that the feminine partner in the relationship have to give up their own life and identity in order to support their FTM partner in their transition.

    The biggest thing that bugs me about this paper is it promotes so many stereotypes. I feel like the writer didn’t research well enough. It seems based on a general community (zip code) area, not on a population across the country or world. It also bothers me that this was published in 2010 by a woman with a PhD in sociology.
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Wednesday, May 11

  1. page Reading 9 edited Post reflection about reading number 9 under discussion. due (07/09/2011) {Masculinity as Homopho…
    Post reflection about reading number 9 under discussion. due (07/09/2011)
    {Masculinity as Homophobia Kimmel.pdf}
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  2. page Reading 8 edited Post reflection about reading number 8 under discussion. due (07/02/2011) {A Queer Encounter Epst…
    Post reflection about reading number 8 under discussion. due (07/02/2011)
    {A Queer Encounter Epstein.pdf}
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  3. page Reading 7 edited Post reflection about reading number 7 under discussion. due (06/25/2011) {10 Things You Should K…
    Post reflection about reading number 7 under discussion. due (06/25/2011)
    {10 Things You Should Know About the DL Boykin.pdf}
    this reading will only require half a page to a full page for the reflection.
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  4. page Reading 6 edited Post reflection about reading number 6 under discussion. due (06/18/2011) {The Social Constructio…
    Post reflection about reading number 6 under discussion. due (06/18/2011)
    {The Social Construction of Heterosexuality Schwartz.pdf}
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  5. page Reading 5 edited Post reflection about reading number 5 under discussion. due (06/11/2011) {Transsexual Transgende…
    Post reflection about reading number 5 under discussion. due (06/11/2011)
    {Transsexual Transgender Queer Namaste(1).pdf}
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  6. page Reading 4 edited Post reflection about reading number 4 under discussion. due (06/04/2011) {Sexual Identity and Bi…
    Post reflection about reading number 4 under discussion. due (06/04/2011)
    {Sexual Identity and Bisexual Identities Rust.pdf}
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  7. page Reading 3 edited Post reflection about reading number 3 under discussion. due (05/28/2011) {Dude Sex Ward.pdf}
    Post reflection about reading number 3 under discussion. due (05/28/2011)
    {Dude Sex Ward.pdf}
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  8. page Reading 22 edited Post reflection about reading number 22 under discussion. due (10/08/2011) {Unspeakable Love Whit…
    Post reflection about reading number 22 under discussion. due (10/08/2011)
    {Unspeakable Love Whitaker.pdf}
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