techno-promiscuities: speculative currency and digital sexuality

“Qandeel [Baloch]’s life and death provide a sober reading of the biopolitical and necropolitical management of femininity that first propelled her to stardom and then punished her by death. Qandeel’s broken English, her allegedly “fake” American accent and her insistent invitation to “luk” made her a national laughing stock. For some, her sexual assertiveness and... Continue Reading →

Fag Discourse as a Disciplinary Mechanism

“Fag is not necessarily a static identity attached to a particular (homosexual) boy. Fag talk and fag imitations serve as a discourse with which boys discipline themselves and each other through joking relationships. Any boy can temporarily become a fag in a given social space or interaction. This does not mean that boys who identify... Continue Reading →

But what about the shifting demographics, YouTube videos, and “cluster outbreaks” of “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”?

"... trans/LGBTQ+ people are highly stigmatized, face harassment, and our perspectives are largely discounted and not readily accessible in society at large. This is what leads trans/LGBTQ+ folks to seek one another out (regardless of age) for mutual support, shared understanding, and the exchange of relevant information and ideas.”

Work–Family Decisions Given a Weak Social Safety Net

Women have left the workforce in droves, and kids are struggling with distance learning since schools were closed nearly one year ago. (Photo/iStock) “School closures place a major institutional constraint on families to cover additional childcare. While the primary function of schools is children’s education, they also provide an expansive infrastructure of care, especially for... Continue Reading →

Surgeons Experience with Regret of Gender-Confirmation Surgery

"Regret after gender-affirming surgery is considered a rare outcome. Among the 46 surgeons surveyed, a cumulative number of approximately 22,725 transgender patients were treated. 49% of respondents had never encountered a patient who regretted their gender transition or were seeking detransition care. Only a total of 62 patients [0.27%] regretted their gender transition." Excerpt adapted... Continue Reading →

What’s something that was designed for the use of one sex but is now predominantly used by the other?

As a sociologist of gender, I was really fascinated by the following thread. User hodgepodge282 on r/AskReddit asked the important question, "What's something that was designed for the use of one sex but is now predominantly used by the other?" There are a couple of ones that people may already be familiar with like general... Continue Reading →

Language, the Manosphere, and Networked Harassment

“The manosphere is an aggregate of diverse communities brought together by a common language that orients them in opposition to the discourse and rhetoric of feminism. Vocabulary contributes to a sense of common identity. Men’s rights communities use the term [misandry] to signify a form of undesirable feminism that they argue privileges women’s rights over... Continue Reading →

The Gender of Cheerleading

“At its inception in the mid-1800s, cheerleading was an all-male sport. Characterized by gymnastics, stunts, and crowd leadership, it was considered equivalent in prestige to that flagship of American masculinity: football. As the editors of the Nation saw it in 1911: The reputation of having been a valiant “cheer-leader” is one of the most valuable... Continue Reading →

A Pragmatic Argument Against High Inequality

“It is important not to think that pragmatic arguments about inequality always support the status quo. There are also strong pragmatic arguments against high levels of inequality. Excessive inequality can have all sorts of undesirable practical consequences. Two considerations are particularly important here: the impact of inequality on the costs of social control and the... Continue Reading →

“You can’t handle the truth!”

“Even though most men are not perpetrators, they nonetheless contribute to--and derive pleasure from--a sexist cultural climate where women are put down and sexually degraded. Thus they have little motivation to examine it critically, and a lot of incentive to look away.”Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox (2006) “One of the most memorable movies lines is... Continue Reading →

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