Was hyperfocused on my blog all day and oops look what happened.
When you say that oppression only happens “over there”, you are denying the significance of the traumas that people experience in the U.S. while simultaneously (re)producing the narrative of U.S. exceptionalism and superiority, ideologies which have historically “justified” imperialism and colonialism and other forms of global racism.
How do we decipher sex in everyday life?
By Lisa Wade, PhD
In Michael Kimmel’s sociology of gender textbook, The Gendered Society, he offers us the two pictures above and asks us to decide, based on our gut-level reactions, whether the two individuals pictured are male or female.
If you are like most people, you find, perhaps to your own bewilderment, that the first individual seems male despite the female pubic hair pattern and apparent female genitalia and the second individual seems female despite the presence of a penis and scrotum.
Kimmel suggests that this is because, in our daily life, we habitually judge individuals as male or female on the basis of their secondary sex characteristics (e.g., body shape, facial hair, breasts) and social cues (e.g., hair length) and not, so much, their primary sex characteristics (i.e., their genitalia).
In that sense, Kimmel argues, social cues and secondary sex characteristics “matter” more when it comes to social interaction and gender is really about gender (socially constructed ideas about masculinity and femininity), not so much about sex (penises and vaginas).
Images borrowed the images from Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach, by Kessler and McKenna. University of Chicago Press. Originally posted in 2009.
The Design Concept Behind Tyson Tan’s Cyber Creatures
This small tutorial is written as online supplement to Lindsay Cibos’s how-to-art book: Furry Furever. In the book I wrote the character design section, covering both conventional furry character and cyber-anthro characters. I hope my part in the book becomes helpful! Big thanks to Lindsay for inviting me to the project!