Category Archives: Gender mainstreaming

Pop Star Identifies As Pansexual

Pop star Miley Cyrus recently revealed to several publications that she considers herself to be gender fluid and pansexual, claiming that she doesn’t label herself as neither boy nor girl and doesn’t limit herself to those labels when choosing romantic partners.

Pansexuality is not new, as experts say there have always been people who fall within the realm, but the term is unfamiliar to much of the public.  By opening up about her own intimate choices, Miley has opened the minds of many millennials and drawn the ire of many less open minded individuals.

Either way, she has at least brought awareness to a topic that we’ll certainly become more familiar with in the future.

A Girl Like Me

Teenage filmmaker Kiri Davis created a short film about race and young women in America. She recreated the “doll test” that was used by Dr. Kenneth Clark to settle Brown vs. Board of Education. She documents the result in her 7 minute documentary.

This video reminded me of a time I was helping out with arts and crafts as part of a VBS style church ministry at the Boys and Girl’s club several years ago. My friends had dragged me there and I sat at a table with 10-20 children aged 5-10 years old not sure what to do. They were all coloring pages of a Bible-themed coloring book. The girl sitting beside me was maybe five or six years old, and black. She kept asking me what colors to use and if she had picked the right color. When she got to the skin color, she picked up a peach colored crayon and said, “this is the right color, right?” I was taken aback. I tried to explain that she could use whatever color she wished and that the disciples and characters in the Bible weren’t white anyway. Still, she chose the peach color because it was the “right” color.

How is that we are still teaching young women that the lighter skin is better than darker skin, that light-skinned means good, beautiful, pure, nice, etc?   Lindsay Cortwright

Gender inequality in African American Intellectual Society (pdf attached)

Anna Julia Cooper Public Intellectuals

In this article, Carolyn M Cusick discusses the role of public intellectuals in society. Especially that of Anna Julia Cooper, a young woman born into slavery and recently appointed as teacher at the renowned M Street High School. Cusick focuses on the exclusion black female academics suffered from their male counterparts, even those who acknowledged the need for equality between the sexes. She speaks of Du Bois, whose printed words recognized the need for gender equality, but rarely acknowledged the work of successful and important women contemporaries. This article does a great job exploring the elitist issues tied in the African American Academic/Intellectualism enlightenment.