“Let’s all work on being the best people we can be not the best feminine or masculine cultural productions we feel we must become in order to fit into masculine or feminine categories.” -from the article
Philosopher Myisha Cherry has an excellent article at Huffington Post about how we (to our detriment) gender virtues. She begins:
When people say “act like a lady,” we know what they really mean. They mean act in the manner that society — that is to say, our patriarchal society — has determined that women should act. Because you know, women are not allowed to define that for themselves. Men must do that for them. And when men tell other men to “man up,” we know that means to do nothing that resembles a woman. Here lies the myth and the burden of what is called “feminine virtues” and “masculine virtues”.
And her take-home message is:
End virtue segregation! Let’s all work on being the best people we can be not the best feminine or masculine cultural productions we feel we must become in order to fit into masculine or feminine…
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Right now the purpose of this blog is to organize the stuff I want to over spring break, which is this week! That includes: drawing comix, watching Jackie Chan and Miyazaki movies, reading 1950’s scifi books/short stories, going to the Art Spiegelman exhibit in the Jewish Museum, searching for summer internships, and doing homework for college…
That’s a lot of stuff. If I include maybe running, walking in the park, going on a trip Wednesday, hanging out with family and boyf, that’s even more. Sometimes I get so excited about unscheduled free time with no looming deadlines that I schedule in everything I want to do, instead of scheduling what I’m likely to do.
I highly recommend “The Exquisite Corpse Project.” It has some good lines, especially at the end, and it’s really funny.
Sleepovers can be so intimate. You climb into bed only after being too tired to hang out anymore, after falling asleep on the floor or during a late-night movie or next to each other on the couch, or back from a party. But once both of you climb under the covers, under the dark, you start talking and talking in that magic hour where you forget that you were (two) separate people during the day. We lower our inhibitions while falling asleep in order to stay awake. We know that we must (immediately) pour out our thoughts from our stream of consciousness in a (constant,) breathy whisper. Or else we’d fall into sleep, and drown out the other in a sea of our dreams/of our musings. I highly recommend having a sleepover with a close friend.
I also recommend “The City and the Stars.”
I also recommend carrying a little sketchbook to doodle in and draw people if you feel like it.