Changing the gender paradigm: it’s women’s work

24 Jun

Changing the gender paradigm, in On Line Opinion today.

An essay on women in the workplace, baby clothes, pitfalls in the social process of gendering, and Foucault’s analysis of hegemonic manipulation. Enjoy!!!

5 Responses to “Changing the gender paradigm: it’s women’s work”

  1. gerard oosterman June 24, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Good article somewhat spoiled by the horrendously frightening toothy ads to join Medibank. As for the sex dressing of babies and children, I think that is far more the domain of the English speaking world. Go to any airport and you’ll most likely able to join the blue and pink babies or children to the spoken English of the parents. I know it is so silly, and one of the pet-dislikes of G&H.


  2. Sam Jandwich June 24, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    You’re certainly prolific these days Jennifer! Apart from anything else, I’m taking this as a sign that “relaxed and comfortable” has failed as a political objective, and that there’s hope for our dear little country yet. Will read with interest.


    • Jennifer Wilson June 24, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      That was a brilliant post on the Drum, Sam –

      I’m having a weekend off – no writing for two days just getting together with friends round the fire, drinking homemade soup and fixing the world while we listen to L. Cohen, who knows everything if only we would listen!!!


  3. gerard oosterman June 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    We went to Sydney and visited a Gallery in Rozelle to look at the ‘salt’ sculptures by a Japanese-Australian couple and muck around the Saturday markets.

    I thought the last episode of ‘Go back’ very moving. Of course it was done by expert filmmakers and the music added greatly to all the abject misery, timed with great precision with all the free-flow of tears. That little boy wanting to become an astronaut was so touching in that setting. Even so, that large poor family showed much more sophistication and sensitivity than some of the volunteers.
    Australia will eventually open its borders, give temporary visas and make the processing a lot quicker. I don’t actually understand this ‘processing’. The person in front of the migration officer is real and has been born somewhere and has a number of years of life behind. They are also either a man, a woman, or a child. They claim to have escaped from a country for various reasons and are now in Australia. What does this ‘processing’ actually entail?


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