Now to focus on essays and get them written before Christmas hopefully 😀 I had another good meeting with my dissertation tutor and got told that I need to put in more gender theory. Yet more gender theory… It’s really interesting, and I find it relevant both in my daily life and my academic pursuits but crikey. I’ve already got about two pages of the stuff in there!
One of the things that I’m looking at and interested in is gender. A lot of the theory is trying to figure out how biological sex (genitals, hormones, DNA, none of which are infallible markers of the individual’s sex), sexuality and gender fit together. Gender, according to Butler, is something that happens performatively – we enact our gender every day in social interactions and work, and in everything we do and we can’t get away from it because our world is a pretty strictly gendered one. Children grow up and for the most part are given toys that are “appropriate” for whether they are a little boy or a little girl. I feel that I was given what I wanted – I wanted things like My Little Pony, Sylvanian Families and cuddly toys. I was never that big on dolls, but I did love a little cooker I had until I broke the salt and pepper pots.
I was a proper little tomboy though; I remember spending lots of time in the garden falling over stuff and trying to makes bows and arrows out of a bush that grew by the vegetable patch and left amazingly long dry sticks. It always failed massively, but I had a very happy childhood.
Hairy’s coming back soon with mince pies and mulled wine; we’re building a den and going to watch silly sci fi on the giant TV all evening. Mother Dearest, I know you read this. Love to you and Pops, I’m very much looking forward to coming home for Christmas.