Category Archives: Social construction

Blast from the Past

Since I mentioned in my last post how news coverage of gender expression has changed recently, I just had to share this “blast from the past” that my father found going through old papers yesterday. It’s good to remember that … Continue reading

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The Olden Days

Jo Paoletti’s great slideslow of shower cards for new babies, 1915-1957 It is fun and instructive to go back in time and look at how gendered choices for children have changed over time. For some reason, this photo of FDR … Continue reading

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Small Children “Performing” Gender

I haven’t forgotten that I’ve promised posts on “manly” therapy and more Bible thoughts, but this has risen to the top today. (Something was up with WordPress earlier this week and I couldn’t post anything.) If you find today’s topic … Continue reading

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Mixing it up – toywise

The big news this week is that Harrods, the famed London department store, opened its first gender-neutral toy store, designed by Shed Design. “The London department store commissioned the multi-million pound Toy Kingdom to be grouped by theme rather than … Continue reading

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“Marriage” sermon suggests squashing girlishness “like a cockroach”

Pastor Sean Harris, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC (517 Glensford Drive¬†¬†Fayetteville, NC 28314, (910) 868-5156) “Marriage Sunday” sermon – April 29, 2012 (full audio here) Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the … Continue reading

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Warrior Princesses

This picture is making the rounds on Facebook the last couple days. I could definitely see my own four year-old daughter asking this question; one of her favorite books is Brave Margaret, in which the heroine, faced with a sea … Continue reading

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Manly Scrapbooking

Somehow the hobby of scrapbooking didn’t occur to me as a prime place to examine social constructions of masculinity. I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon this topic, but it makes sense — it’s a traditionally female-dominated practice (largely … Continue reading

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