Thursday, December 18, 2014

CFP: Gender, Sexuality & Decolonization

CFP: Gender, Sexuality & Decolonization

Call For Submissions: Gender, Sexuality & Decolonization
[December 17, 2014] Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society invites submissions from scholars, artists, and activists for a new special issue of the journal exploring gender, sexuality and decolonization, guest edited by Karyn Recollet (University of Toronto), in conjunction with Eric Ritskes, Editor of Decolonization.
This issue invites us to consider both the centrality of gender and sexual violence to colonization, but also, relatedly, the centrality of gender and sexual justice to decolonization. Too often these issues have been seen as peripheral to the larger struggles against colonialism, too often cis-heteropatriarchal normativity has been justified in the name of decolonization. This has to stop.
To us, it seems impossible to discuss Indigenous sovereignty without a discussion of body sovereignty. It seems impossible to discuss environmental justice without connecting the violence against the earth to the violences against our bodies, particularly the bodies of women, Two Spirit, queer, transgender and others who fall beyond and in resistance to the male cis-heteropatriarchal norms of colonial society. Not only do these bodies bear the brunt of colonial violence, they also embody, create and sustain the theories, movements, and creative actions that resist it. Decolonization is impossible without gender and sexual justice as articulated by women, Two Spirit, queer, transgender and others who fall beyond and in resistance to male cis-heteropatriarchal norms. These are the experiences and voices that this issue seeks to center and honor in seeking ways forward for decolonization.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"What You’re Actually Saying When You Ignore Someone’s Gender Pronouns"

"What You’re Actually Saying When You Ignore Someone’s Gender Pronouns"

Here's a terrific post (from back in September, but just reaching me now) about what is unspoken but just below the surface of our words.

When someone states their pronouns (he, she, ze, they, etc), they are asking for your respect. And when you choose not to use these pronouns, and instead opt for your own, you are not only invalidating someone's identity, but you are also saying a plethora of harmful things that you likely never intended.

Read the full list at Let's Queer Things Up.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two New Resources

First, there is a post up at the Michigan State University Writing Center's blog, "Uprooting Heteronormative Writing Center Practices - And Interview with Drs. Trixie Smith and Dianna Baldwin."  It is well-worth a look, and is also part of their series of "Women in the WC" posts.

Second, an article by me (Andrew Rihn) up at #Alt-Academy, "'To See Around the Corner of Everyday Usage': Bisexuality, the Writing Center, and Burke's 'Perspective by Ambiguity.'"

Take a look at both, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Call for Proposals: NEWCA

Northeast Writing Centers Association 2015 Conference
 Transcending Typecasting:
Inclusive Embodiment of Gender
and Sexuality in Writing Center Dialogue
Call for Proposals/Essay Contest
Centenary College
Hackettstown, NJ
April 18-19, 2015
Proposals due by January 16, 2015
Keynote Speaker:
Trixie Smith
Michigan State University
More info coming soon on the website:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Anti-trans trolling spree forces Wikipedia to ban U.S. House staffers for third time"

Anti-trans trolling spree forces Wikipedia to ban u.S. House staffers for third time

By David Ferguson
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has once again blocked all computers from the U.S. House of Representatives in order to stop malicious edits to popular pages on the site. 
According to The Hill, Wikipedia instituted the ban on Wednesday night after users operating from the House IP address made a series of anti-trans edits to the page for Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Read the whole article here.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Reading

I'm interrupting this summer hiatus to bring you this pair of lovely articles. 

The first, "Gender in the Writing Center: Male and Female Consultant Techniques in OWLs," asks three questions:
1.      Does gender affect the use of directives and nondirectives?
2.      Does gender affect the delivery technique of suggestions (politeness, evaluation, explanation, and options)?
3.      Do the strategies used in male and female speech also manifest in OWL responses, overriding writing center ideology despite similar consultant training?

And the second article, "Decolonial Options for Writing Consultations," discusses Decolonial theory in regards to language and writing in the one-with-one consultation. 

Great stuff!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Jonah Hill Apologizes For Homophobic Slur: It Was “Disgusting” And Inexcusable"

Jonah Hill Apologizes for Homophobic Slur: It Was “Disgusting” and Inexcusable 

He told Stern, “I’m not at all defending my choice of words, but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say.”

Read more of his comments here.