Women - a special kind
Some gender thoughts/questions
There were representatives from National Youth Councils (NYC) and from International Non-Governmental organisations (INGO´s).
Number of participants from NYC is higher than of those coming from INGO´s. Both of them have more men than women, althought INGO`s is much closer to even number of male and female representatives (still not close). I would like to know why. Is the gender question taken more into consideration in international bodies or is it just a coinicidence?
Another interesting thing is that both YFJ bureau and YFJ Secretariat have more females than males. Agan..wanna know how come?
Looking at the chart showing intervention (questions, discussion, reports), one can see that INGO´s are far more active than NYC (would be good to know whether the impression at the spot is the same as the statistic shows) and men were dominating in interventions by approximately 1/3. Meaning - international males talking most if I interpret it right.
Gender in the toys
Items for discussion about gender
Difference between gender and sex
Sex as a biological construct compared to gender as a social contruct. Why do we mix them? Is it important to differentiate between sex and gender?
Theories of gender stereotypes
There are different approaches to gender. Almost all of them support the idea of gender division. What if gender would not matter in our society? Would it work out like that? Or is this division crucial for having a system in our lives? Is it important for effective functioning of the society?
Sources of gender stereotypes
If a person decided to "violate" all the traditional gender roles and expectations? Would he/she survive in peace? Is it possible to change gender stereotypes by bringing up children in untraditional way? What is stronger? Media or family?
Need of gender stereotypes
Can we give up our gender schemes? Do we need them from our personal point of view? Could we understand the world without them? How would society look like if we were not divided into men and women?
Comment in my blog
It looks in your coutry it's a holiday today, national holiday of Czechoslovakia, congratulations.
Kristina, you've wrote b4 that in your blog ppl only write things in which they are fully agree with you and never dispute/discuss/debate/etc with you. But if for you to delete a comment it's a normal practice, why to complain?
OK, about this your entry.
"Like the colour of eyes does not matter". For some people it's important. I don't like those "water-blue" half-transparent coloured eyes. And it's not only important for me. For example a great song of german euro-dance project E-rotic "Tears in Your Blue Eyes". If it's not important, then the song was "Tears in Your Eyes - The Colour of Eyes Does Not Matter" ... hm ... there is smth in this name.
Very useful discussion. If we were not divided into men and women ... You REALLY had such discussion? OMG lunatic asylum. What will be your next discussion? Smth like "What would be with world economics if anyone found the easy way of transformation iron into gold and published it in Internet?"
"Gender" fav word of those old mad feminists, UR only 24, 4U it's too early to use it.
That your hint about 'pro' photograph's advice to buy smth for your camera to xmas. Curious. Probly lens or tripod. I'm dummy in photography, really, here's quite interesting book "The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros'!" by Scott Kelby (I hope no need to tell who is he? If you know what is Photoshop, you know this name). Extremely easy to read with good humour. Info _http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Book-Scott-Kelby/dp/032147404X
Good quality, 8 mb.
Logo of 'Active' curious ...
Will write smth good. I like the way you write in your blog, sometimes I read it and your optimism makes me wonder. If I had 5% of your optimism... Good to see that there are so optimistic people like you.
Feel free to delete this comment
Hello Foxpox =)
I really do not remember that I deleted your comment. I once wrote that I would delete it if it was resistic etc. I delete only spam which comes everyday maybe I by coincidence deleted also a real comment. If I did so I apologize. It was not meant like that. And of course i was not going to delete your last comment. I am happy when people come with other opinions that I have (the same opinions are welcome of course).
About the discussion topic. Hihi.. you reacted exactly like my some of my slovak groups =) Why such a useless discussion. I can tell you. The point of discussion was totally else. I wanted to see what gender stereotypes people bring when they are not asked directly: What are gender stereotypes like in your society. So now the secret is revealed =) And thanks to that question I could find many stereotypes and power division conviction. People simply told me everything without being aware of that. I believe that I would get different answers if I would ask directly. Do we have an gender equal society nowadays?
But I also have to defend the question itself. I can imagine such a society where gender in general doesnt matter when approaching people. Where people do not think that a secretary should be a woman or a man should repair cars. And of course a woman can be a secratary and a man can be good at car repairing but it should be an individual feature. Not gender based. And I mentioned just a tiny part of the topic... Not mentioning colours, toys for children, house work, conflcits solving, feelings expressing etc.
You wrote that the eye colour matters. I am not saying that the colour of eye does not exist but I haven´t seen a job announcement: We search for blue eyed managers.
And of course there are personal preferences people have. Some like blue eyes, some brown etc. Me personaly I do not care about the eye colour. But I do care about the specific pair of eyes. I have seen wonderful blue eyes and I have seen blue eyes full of anger and bitterness.
That´s what I wanted to say by gender as well.
About the camera. I would like to buy "fish eye" lense and extra battery holder. But I will check that book =)
Thank you for ALL the words you wrote. Feel free to write more!
2/3 of the thesis done..
Slovak groups are analyzed. I am right now writing it down. Swedish groups are waiting for analysis. I will come with all the conlusions when I am done.
So far you can think what would be different if gender would not matter. And of course I would like to know what comes to your mind regarding the question.
No sex no future
I think I will move to Estonia. They do not have gender and future tempus in the grammar. As Tiina says: No sex no future =)
I think it is great. And it changes the way of thinking. Yeah Estonians I hope you will survive =)
Thesis - the swedish part
I will for sure publish some outcomes of it but not yet...
And I love leading discussion =) When I grow up I wanna be a "discussion leader" hihi..
Jag är faktist jättenyfiken hur ska det bli i de svenska grupper.
Inspired by religion talk
If we just take that one thing Foxpox mentioned: "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply" Genesis (1:28). I do not see any problem with it nowadays. Lesbians and gays can do that too thanks to development of medicine and technology. So in my interpretation of this part of Bible they are all welcome to live together happily ever after.
I actually think in very broad perspective that lesbians and gays should not be mentioned neither at religion lessons nor ethics. I would be happy if they didn´t need to be mentioned as a separate cathegory which needs to be discussed under moral issues for example. We usually do not refer to nongays as to heterosexuals. We refer to them as people, or just boys or girls, women and men. So why is it so important to mention that someone is gay?
I think there are many other more important things to be taken into consideration...
Var tog alla kvinnor vägen?
Btw. Jag tycker att quota system är en bra idé.
Lot of questions..
The serie shows a young merried woman, mother to two small children who became a minister of environment. She has a strong moral and wants to change the world. She is really involved, does everything possible to reach justice and the truth is on the first place by her. People and journalists like her. She is becoming more and more popular.
The more popular she is, the further from her family she is getting. Her husband is getting frustrated because she is not around when he needs her and all the child care is on him, of course he has kind of love affair (I dont know what will come later), other women in politics more or less compete with her and e she gets in troubles into which she was manipulated in.
And I would like to know what impact does this serie have on other girls and women and in general on other people. Would they dare to have political ambitions after this? What is the aim of the serie? To show the truth? Is this the truth? Is it like that that almost all guys stick together and create a huge coaltion against women and women fight against them by playing with them and competing with the other women around? I am really curious what will come later and how will it end. Will she leave the government and come back to her family and they will live happily ever after?
Why the serie doesnt show men politicians who have problems with their wives? Do they have problems with their wives actually? Or do the wives everything to support their husbands and just smile to make them happy and to live success of their husbands? Where are the myths? Where is the truth?
The main character wants to change the world but is not taking seriously her family sometimes. Would it really happen? Does one exclude the other? I do not believe in it. I simply dont want to believe that the picture the serie brings is the only way how a woman on the high position can end up. But I actually do not know. I have no clue...
Let´s see what will happen in other parts..
Kasper är en liten 3 åring. Kille altså. Hade hans pappa säga samma sak, om Kasper var en liten tjej? Det tvivlar jag verkligen. Det här är ett bevis att föräldrar och samhälle visar och bestämmer vad ska vi vara intresserade i. Jag tror att Kasper är mer intresserad i natur...
Jämställdhet i Sverige
Varför är jag feminist då och inte nåt annat? För att jag tror att det saknas kvinnligt aspekt i vårt samhälle. Jag tycker att det kvinnor och män skulle samarbeta och inte tävla eller kämpa mot varandra. Jag som feminist tycker att feminism är viktigt för att bygga kvinnors självförtroende men samtidigt tycker jag inte att det skulle göras på mäns bekostnad. Jag tycker inte att män skulle dra åt helvete..Nej det tycker jag inte.
En riktig kvinna
Hmm..vad för kvinna är jag då?
Så här behåller man genus stereotyper. Grattis!!!!
Discussion with the shocking beginning
Uff!!!! This was very tough to hear from a friend of mine. But the discussion afterwards was perfect. I just reflected on my arguments in topic on gender and I still believe I am right.
The argument that women are naturally gifted to be better at taking care of children than men is not the argument I can agree with. Human beings have something which makes them different from other animals. We are born with very few instincts and instead of them we have flexible brain which enables us to learn all the time, every minute of our life. And that´s why men as well as women have to learn how to take care of children and ARE able to take care of children. Furthermore both of them have right to take part in raising children. And the child has right to spend as much time with dad as with mom. Why to bring these inequalities? And arguments based on nature! We use nature all the time we need some arguments to excuse our behaviour but we forget about nature when it comes to taking care of our environment.
I love gender issues. Mostly the question: why have we created gender roles? And why are they so so rigid? We have lot of other roles in our life which we can modify according to our wishes to feel comfortable. But step out of the gender role is most often a disaster!!! The whole identity falls apart! Why is it so essential to belong to one of the two gender (not sex) cathegories?
Hmm..I would like to find out.