For a recently in my GSW class we were told we were to do a project. Of course, I wondered what I was going to do. I wanted to do something different, but I had no idea what to do. I thought to myself and thought “hey, why not a game?” From there I spent four day creating a game. What was the game? It’s a three part matching game. You have to match the words with the pictures. Part one is matching the gender signs, part two is matching the sexuality symbols, and part three is matching the different pride flags. It was a hard job. I had to look up different things on what these signs were, or what does this word mean, or what does the flag stand for. Because of this project, I learned 14 knew gender signs that I had no idea that existed, I learned of all the different sexualities, such as all the ones that are under the asexual spectrum, which I place myself under (Demisexual). I now have so much knowledge on subjects I had no idea about, and it’s all thanks to the game I created. My game does not have a name, because why give something you cannot totally put under one thing a name. I just call it my game. Just like how some people do not go under any spectrum.
Going back to one of our earlier readings in the beginning of my GSW class (roughly four months) called 12 Fundamentals of Writing “The Other” (and The Self). There are things I did not seem to know, let alone care about, that I do know about and do now care about. There are several different to this article: 1. Research is only the beginning, and barely even that, 2. “”, 3. Power matters, 4. Forget “the other,” can you write you?, 5. “Racist writing is a craft failure”, 6. This is life and death, 7. Ritual ≠ spectacle, 8. The other research: History of the stereotype, 9. Avoid both One and Only scenarios, 10. The fact that you will mess it up is not a reason not to do it, 11. Be clear on the context of a messy marketplace, and 12. Have you considered The Why, and have you considered The No? I will be focusing on number six, This is life and death. I knew when I read it, it was talking about how we raise white kids and kids of color differently, talking about how we raise the kids of color to be “evil” or doomed sidekicks to the white kids, but what I did not understand that they were talking about how the white kids, people, are truly the evil ones. We have created the idea that we (white people) are better then those of color, that we can never do any wrong because of our color, and we believe that anyone with a different color skin is destined to follow us or be against us. It talks about how white kids will get the impression that they are closer to God because of how we look, which creates a false idea in our heads. This is how we keep promoting hetero/cis-normative sexist and racist ideas in our modern literature.
In the book Just Girls by Rachel Gold I thought the relationships between different characters were interesting. I’ll start with Lindy and Tucker. You would never expect that a relationship between two women would be violent at all, because women are seen as sweet, nice and innocent. You would never expect another girl to hit, or sexually assault their significant other, but it happens. Lindy is a prime example on what can happen in everyday life, that you can never expect a girl to hurt her significant other. She also has a past with this, with a girlfriend she had before Tucker. Gold shows that not all girls are as sweet and innocent as society thinks they can be, and that women can be just as violent as men. Another relationship that caught my eye was the one between Shen and Ella. I love how he is not afraid of her because she is transgender. Not all people are like Shen, a lot of people would stop talking to the person they are talking to because they are transgender because they are afraid of society, they would show disgust to the person for being transgender, or they would ignore their feelings and try to stay “just friends”. Shen is a good example on how people should treat transgender people, just like their gender they identify as.
Rachel Gold’s book Just Girls is different from any other book I have read before, for many different parts and reasons in the book. I did not expect a few things to happen in the book. For one, I did not expect Tucker in the beginning to say that she was the transgender student, even though it was Ella that was the transgender student. It surprised me because I never though of someone doing this for another person before. The after effects were not a surprise though; a “feminist” teacher (Vivien) that down graded her work because she hated transgender women, her getting assaulted and harassed by other students, and everything else that happened to her. I did not expect Tucker to end up liking Nico, it was unexpected on my part and I never saw it coming. Tucker’s experiences in her Women’s Studies class was a terrible one. Vivien was a terrible teacher, because she let her feelings get before her job. If Tucker did a good job on her work, she should have been graded properly for it, not down graded because Vivien thought Tucker was a transgender women and she, for some odd reason, hates transgender women and still considers them to be “men” even though they’re not. If Vivien was true feminist, she would of showed support for all women, not just cisgender women. All over I thought the book was pretty well written, and it did relate to the world now of days.
The course I am currently taking, Gender Studies, deals with things I have been seeing in pop culture for many years, and it is- well- gender itself. This class has taught us that there is more than just one gender, which I have been hearing more and more about over the past two years. When I first heard about it, I was about 19, a freshman in college, and I in all honesty was confused. I was like “how the hell are there more than two genders?”, and than, like everything else that confuses me in my daily life, which is about half of the things I see on the internet, I looked it up and read about. But the internet can only tell you so much, so when I saw that Gender Studies was a class I needed for my degree, I snatched the offer up before the class could fill a quarter of the way up. I was excited to take the course. I have learned many new terms in the class, an example being cisgender, which is someone who identifies as the gender that they were assigned to at birth, the exact opposite of transgender. The course has also helped me with other class I am taking, such as my speech class, on which I gave a speech on the origins of sexual orientation. Over all, this class has had a major part in my life in the last two months, and hopefully will for the rest of my time on this earth.
When it cam from the first two chapters Kate Bornstein’s “My New Gender Workbook” I did not learn much things that were new to me at all. I have always had an interest in things that had to do with gender, so I often asked about it and looked up on the subject. For the first chapter, I do not believe that the quiz has anything to do with a person’s gender. On the quiz i scored at “a gender novice”, which I do not agree with at all. Then again I do not think that a single person should and could be placed on this scale, being it is so small. But that’s how I feel about it. Chapter two, unlike chapter one, I think had more informational stuff. It talks about how identity, desire, and power all have something to do with it; finding your gender. I did learn a little bit of new information on this chapter, but that was because it is hard to look this stuff up and get an actual answer on it. Another thing I enjoyed about this chapter is that it was not afraid to talk about sex. Almost all adult humans have sex, so it should be discussed more. When it came to the first two chapters of the Gender Workbook, I do believe that chapter two is more informational than chapter one is.