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Nonverbal Communication as an Unclear Symbol of Gender and Identity

 

Most of the discourse about human communication is centered on the importance of the spoken word.  Although verbal communication tells us a lot about our society, body language can portray our true intentions. The individual body is always constrained by the social body because every action the individual does has been imprinted in their minds by culture. People are raised and socialized to interpret each other’s bodies as a series of symbols.  Almost every movement an individual does, whether it is crying, laughing, winking, smiling, or shrugging their shoulders is socially constructed.  Without following the example of other people, these movements would have no social significance.  The social significance of types of body languages in not a cultural universal and it is not portrayed and understood by all people.  One given signal cannot be interpreted the same way across cultures.  What social conditions occur when certain symbols are assumed to be universal, even though they cannot be universally expressed?

charlie's picture

Portraying the Naked Woman

The topic of women as artists is one that has been discussed many times throughout history. Linda Nochlin, art historian, once wrote an article entitled “Why have there been no great women artists?” which explored this very subject. The Guerrilla Girls added to this topic by pointing out that when most women are featured in a museum, it is for being a nude subject in a painting rather than for being the creator of the masterpiece. Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Ingres’ The Grand Odalisque, and Valie Export’s GenitalPanik are all works featuring a female nude subject. A uniting theme among them is the portrayal of the nude women as “freaks”. When a woman, especially a nude woman, is portrayed as a freak, her sexuality and her gender are seen differently.

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3rd annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color conference: Fertile Ground. Womyn Revealed, Revived, Renewed

Temple University Student Center:  Fri (10/7) starts at 1pm, Sat (10/8) starts at 9 am; Sun (10/9) starts at 9 am.  Keynote speakers:  Sonia Sanchez, Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti, Gloria Casarez.

Tickets are necessary. This event is being co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium, of which Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges are members.  The student price is $20. GPWSC students receive an additional $5 discount, bringing the cost of admission to $15. To receive the discount, students should register for the student rate at http://fertileground.eventbrite.com/ and enter the code "GPWSC" when they check out.

Also, scholarships are available! All you need to do is send an email to info@ourelements.org expressing their desire to attend the conference and their financial need.

For more information:  email info@ourelements.org or call 610-297-4282

Kaye's picture

Symposium: New Directions in Feminism and Queer Studies

A chance to hear other scholars discuss the intra-actions among gender, sexuality, and other fields.  This Friday, September 30, at UPenn 1:30-6:30 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of Houston Hall. 

From their website:  The Symposium will examine the fields of feminist and queer studies and their intersections with each other and with topics in race, nationalism, empire, and class. The afternoon will begin with a conversation between Professor Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Ann Cvetkovich, University of Texas at Austin. Ann is the author of Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992) and An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Culture (Duke, 2003).  

Kaye's picture

Sex and Gender Differences in Cognition and Neurobiology

I just received an announcement about this very relevant conference that is being held at Drexel University College of Medicine on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 9 am - 4 pm.  Regisration is free.  Please see the website for more information. 

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Mind your Ps and Qs

I'm an English major, gen/sex minor, and creative writing concentrator. Gen/sex and queer issues have always been of interest to me though I've never really figured out why. I was involved in my high school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and I'm involved in the Rainbow Alliance here at BMC. This interest in queer issues more or less a first in my immediate family. When I applied to intern at several AIDS organizations in Philly, I can quote my parents saying: "What is your connection to the gays? Are you aware of their wild and crazy parades?" to which I replied, "Yes, and I have practically been in some of them."

Precarious and Performative Play 2011 - Our Final Set of Web "Events"

Welcome. Below find a list of webpapers emerging from Precarious, Performative, Playful, Potential...Perspectives on Sex and Gender, an interdisciplinary course offered at Bryn Mawr College in Fall 2011. To conclude the "epilogue" of the course, "Moving On-and-Out From Here," students are here expanding on one of their earlier projects.

Take a look around, and feel warmly welcome to respond in the comment area available at the end of each paper. What strikes, intrigues, puzzles you ... what, among your reactions, might be of interest or use to the writer, or others in the class, or others who--exploring the internet--might be in search of a thoughtful conversation about precarious, performative, playful, potential ... perspectives on sex and gender ?

alice.in.wonderland"Poetry Is Not A Luxury:" Thoughts on Writing for Social Change
AmophrastFinal Webpaper
AmyMayReflections on the Consent is Sexy Campaign: Moving Forward, Looking Back
AmyMayConsent is Sexy in pictures
aybala50At Bryn Mawr: Exploring Transgender Further
charlieThe Arc: An Exhibit on Right Relationships
chelseamMapping Entanglement: Witnessing and Acting in our Built and Natural Environments
essieteeWe're The Song Inside The Tune, Full of Beautiful Mistakes
GaviThe Groundings of a Commonwealth: Workshop on Forging Environmental Ethics Through Reading and Telling Stories
jfwrightThe Stories We Tell Ourselves: A Continuation of Web Event #2
jmorgantSexual Misconduct Policy Reform at Haverford College
KammySex and Gender Flowchart
Katie RandallShifting Standards of Care and Right Relationships
Kim Kun-conventional learning
leamirellaCampus Media and Right Relationships: Allowing the Student Body to Appear
lgleysteenDisruption in the Interpretation of Embodied Symbols
lwackerOrange Alert Extended.
phenomsA Community's Right Relationships: Urban Gardening
rachelrIdentifying Similarities and Differences
S. YaegerReconsidering Women's Colleges Through Butler, Barad, Kaleb, Dalke, and Ourselves.
sel209Entangling and Enabling: A handbook for BSA that encourages right relationships despite a disabling culture
ShlomoMale Athletes and Rape Culture: Structural Violence in the World and at Haverford (TRIGGER WARNING)
someshineSpeak About It Advertising Campaign - A Work In Progress
venn diagramPregnancy and Parenting Education Reform

 

Precarious and Performative Play 2011 - Our Third Set of Web "Events"

Welcome. Below find a list of webpapers emerging from Precarious, Performative, Playful, Potential...Perspectives on Sex and Gender, an interdisciplinary course offered at Bryn Mawr College in Fall 2011. To conclude the third "act" of the course, "Relationships, Left and Right," students are here exploring the possibility of building some sort of "right relationship," with reference to a concrete contemporary problem that interests each of them.

Take a look around, and feel warmly welcome to respond in the comment area available at the end of each paper. What strikes, intrigues, puzzles you...what, among your reactions, might be of interest or use to the writer, or others in the class, or others who--exploring the internet--might be in search of a thoughtful conversation about right relationships and activism?

alice.in.wonderlandNotes Toward Right Relationships Among Philly Bike Orgs
AmophrastRight Relationships of Youth: Entangling Time
AmyMayThe Revolution is On
aybala50Moving towards a right relationship between Bryn Mawr College and Transgender Students
charlieThe Arc
chelseamPlanting Justice: Examining the Potential for Alliances between Urban Garden Groups and Other Environmental Health Organizations
essieteeMake Me Feel So Damn Unpretty
Gavi"Each is the Other": Israeli-Palestinian Literature and the Potentials for Right Relationships
jfwrightActivism Begins at Home: A Plenary Resolution Regarding the Admission of Trans Female Applicants to Bryn Mawr College
jmorgant"Consent is Sexy" at Haverford: Not Yet
KammyRefugees and Right Relationships
Katie RandallCommunal clarity: Making Sense of Media
Kim K Chain of Alliance
leamirellaThe nature of our entangled relationships; can we actually form a right relationship?
lgleysteenSearching for the Right Relationship Between Agency and Subjectivity
lwackerOrange Alert
phenomsRight Relationships in Urban Gardening - Overcoming the Race/Class Divide
rachelr"The Ugly Footprint of Africa's Black Gold"
S. YaegerA (Hopefully) Inclusive Conversation About Right Relationships Between Cis and Trans Feminists
sel209"A Scout Is...": Building a Right Relationship Between the Boy Scouts of America and the LGBTQ Community
ShlomoCreating Right Relationships with the International Refugee Community in the Wake of Little Bee
someshineA Response To President Creighton's Email "Sexual Misconduct Awareness"
venn diagramSex Workers’ Rights: A Call for Decriminalization

 

Precarious and Performative Play 2011 - Our Second Set of Web "Events"

Welcome. Below find a list of webpapers emerging from Precarious, Performative, Playful, Potential...Perspectives on Sex and Gender, an interdisciplinary course offered at Bryn Mawr College in Fall 2011. To conclude the second "act" of the course, "De/Meaning Sex and Gender," students are here explaining to a specific audience what's important about some dimension of the biology of gender or sexuality.

Take a look around, and feel warmly welcome to respond in the comment area available at the end of each paper. What strikes, intrigues, puzzles you...what, among your reactions, might be of interest or use to the writer, or others in the class, or others who--exploring the internet--might be in search of a thoughtful conversation about the biology of gender and sexuality?

alice.in.wonderlandAnd Tango Makes Three: Making Sense of the "Gay Penguin" Controversy
Amophrast Humans Caged like Animals in Zoos Nationwide!!! Promoting the Study of Humans as Animals
AmyMayBiological Discourse and Rape Culture at Haverford College
aybala50All "Women's" College
charlieDear Middleschoolers, Love, Charlie
chelseamGender and Sexuality in the High School Biology Classroom: Fostering Critical Thinking and Active Engagement
essieteeYou Went To School To Learn, Girl, Things You Never Ever Knew Before
GaviThe Rainbow of Sex Difference: A Snippet from a Preteen Health Book
jfwrightThe Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Beginning of a Book about Sex and Gender for Trans* and Intersex Kids
jmorgantA response to “Miss Representation 8 min. trailer:” Changing gender stereotypes by increasing visibility of female athletes
KammySex and Gender Flowchart
Katie RandallPresenting on Intersexuality-- A Template
Kim KReel Queer: A Movie Lover's Look into Films Dealing with LGBT Issues
leamirellaPublic Sex Education in the Philippines
lgleysteenGay Marriage and Reproductive Options: An argument for Gay Marriage
lwackerUncovering the Cover-up: Gay Animals are in the Zoo too.
phenomsLesson Plan : Intersex
rachelrWhat Makes Us- a response to Jordan-Young
S. YaegerAn Open Letter to The ISNA Regarding How Discussing Intersex Is Vital to Our Understanding Of Gender Identity and Vice Versa
sel209"Dex" and Diversity
ShlomoMommies, Daddies, Families
someshineYou need to learn a lesson, Alison. Love, A
venn diagramPublications from Pregnancy Education Reform

 

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