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Could Sam Berlant Ride the Train in Pennsylvania?

19 Sep

Could Sam Berlant Ride the Train in Pennsylvania?

An upcoming issue of MP focuses in part on transgender.  Mainstream society has definite gender expectations .  As an example there was a over a J Crew ad that showed a mother painting her young son”s toenails pink.   Another is the when she allowed her five year old son to attend a pre-school Halloween party dressed as Daphne from “Scooby Doo.”

Regimented systems such as ,, even ,  can insist that people publicly identify themselves (or be indentified against their will) as either male or female.  It is, in fact, almost impossible to go through life without being identified as one or the other.

Even in popular culture characters are identified as male or female.  An exception is from “Saturday Night Live,” whose gender ambiguity was a source of humor.  More seriously, science fiction writer Jon Scalzi created a character in his novel Android Sheep, Sam Berlant, who gender is never provided.  Sam is clearly in a relationship with another character, Archie, who is indentified as male.    Scalzi deliberately didn”t assign Sam a gender.  In a blog post, “” he writes that some people contacted him, irked because they didn”t know Sam”s gender and therefore didn”t know if Archie is heterosexual or homosexual.   Scalzi says he doesn”t know what gender Sam is.  Presumably Sam knows, as does Archie, but if anyone else in the book has noticed, they don”t mention it.


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Achieve or Opportunity?

2 Sep

Achieve or Opportunity?

The neurological research done for marketing purposes turns up some fascinating information.  One recent research finding, showed differences in men and woman that were identical in the U.S. and China.  In a research study for Intel, 12 men and 12 women each in Berkeley and a city in Schian Province, wore devices that detect electrical activity across the brain.  They were shown Intel ads and then a series of words to see what qualities people associated with Intel.  Researchers looked at brain activity to see which words got the strongest reaction.  Two words scored the highest, one each to a segment of the total group.  The difference wasn”t between cultures but between genders.  Women in both groups reacted more to the word “achieve” and men in both groups to the word “opportunity.” 

For the full article see  Adam L. Penenberg, “,” Fast Company, September 2011.

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Bechdel Test

15 Apr

Bechdel Test

Cartoonist popularized a method for testing how inclusive movies are for women.  She credits her friend Liz Wallace with developing the criteria but they appeared in Bechdel”s comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” and so the test is known as the Bechdel Test or Bechdel Rule (sometimes the Bechdel / Wallace Test).   The test is comprised of three questions:

1) Does it have at least two women in it?

2) Do they talk to each other?

3) About something other than a man?

Some variations say the two women characters have to have names.  Movie viewers can rate films at The Bechdel Test Movie List ().  The site currently rates over 2000 films. His first single was tutti frutti, a hyper-sexual, scat boogie that reached 2 over at this website on the r&b charts and 17 on the non-segregated charts

Tina Fey on Crazy

18 Mar

Tina Fey on Crazy

Tina Fey, Emmy award winning actor, writer, comedian, and producer, wrote an essay in the February 14 & 21 issue of the New Yorker.  In the essay, “Confessions of a Juggler,” she comments on the different attitude the entertainment industry has towards older men and women, especially in comedy.  In a nutshell she says:

I know older men in comedy who can barely feed and clean themselves, and they still work.  The women,though, they”re all “crazy.”  I have a suspicion — and hear me out, because this is a rough one — that the definition of “crazy” in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to [expletive] her anymore.

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3 Feb


The submission deadline for our spring issue, Transgendered, is approaching. Please review the complete CFP below and submit your paper(s) by no later than midnight, August 31, 2011. Deadline extended to no later than midnight, September 30, 2011. A link to our submission guidelines is included below.

Can there be a multi-gendered feminism? MP journal seeks submissions that explore the many facets of transgendered feminism. How do transgendered people experience, embrace, reject, or practice feminism? What is the role of feminism within queer studies? What is the role of feminism for those who occupy the interstice between male and female? Is gender performance feminist? MP Journal welcomes academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries on the subject of transgendered feminisms. Internationals submissions are encouraged. Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, Chicago Style but must be consistent throughout and thoroughly and carefully edited. Please send the submission, a 50 word bio, and a CV before midnight August 31, 2011. Update: This deadline has been extended to before midnight September 30, 2011.

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