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That secretive, nebulous, other sex

I recently went over physiology and anatomy with my college students.  Afterward, one of the young men thanked me.  He was clear and direct: “Thank you for teaching me what is inside a girl’s body.  I never knew, but I really wanted to know.  It’s always been a mystery to me how things happen up […]

On gender, sexual orientation, and children

I am thinking this morning about a blog post by Hugo Schwyzer and The Atlantic article I read yesterday. Hugo’s post is his response to a question about a bisexual man who is in a monogamous marriage with a woman, and what that means.  The Atlantic article is about transgendered children, the range of reactions […]

Advertisements – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Happy Friday! I had a serious post in the works that went back to Wednesday’s post about The Hurried Child, addressing Dr. Elkind’s assertion that middle school and even early high school is too young for sex education and that a class is an inappropriate place for sex education to be taking place.  But it’s […]

The 2007 GLSEN National School Climate Survey

[This post written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen] We live in a world where more and more people are accepting of alternative lifestyles. Yet students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender still report very similar amounts of harassment and negative effects in school as they did in 1999. Recently, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight […]

Time on Ladyboys in Thailand

I was delighted to read this article in such a “popular” magazine as Time: Where the ‘Ladyboys’ Are Monday, July 7th, 2008 By Hannah Beech Life can be complicated enough for members of the transgender community — the last thing they need is to hesitate between two bathroom doors: Male or female. Luckily for students […]

Sexism. Politics. (admittedly a little bit late on the second one)

Today I am thinking about the intensely personal nature of -isms.  Mostly about sexism and racism. These are the two -isms that we talk about the most. Both of these -isms have been highly visible in the democratic primary. I realized early on that I had a very personal, very emotional investment in Hillary Clinton. […]

Conversations on gender

Gender is such a malleable concept.  And it can be difficult for people who are entrenched in the general understanding of gender to understand the variances. I spoke with  my friend Sarah Dopp here some months ago, but I’m not sure I mentioned her website Genderfork, which explores androgyny and gender variance through artistic photography. […]