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The Color Pink

For most of my life, I’ve disdained the color pink.  It brought to mind the stereotypes of women, the arbitrary allocation of traits, desires and capabilities based solely on biological sex.  It reeked of superficiality and concerns with the froth … Continue reading

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A Prisoner’s Memory Strikes a Chord

“It struck me that day that kayaking on the lake was a good analogy for the way I wanted to live my life on this planet:  powered by my own efforts, gliding in harmony with the forces of nature, moving … Continue reading

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On Warriors, Men and Gender Studies

The word ‘warrior’ isn’t one that has rolled off my tongue very many times, but in recent months, it seems to be appearing more and more in daily discourse.  I’ve heard about ‘Wounded Warriors’ (people who used to be called … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution – 2014

Waking up on the first day of a new year, I remembered a thought that came to me yesterday. I was thinking about the changes that have happened in terms of women’s options during my own lifetime. We (in the … Continue reading

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Working with One Hand Tied Behind Your Back

We have all heard, perhaps, the Chinese notion that ‘women hold up half the sky’; but I had not heard the analogy comparing current development practice with ‘working with one hand tied behind your back’.  Andy White, of the Rights … Continue reading

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On my Late Discovery of the ‘Charter of the Forest’

The Magna Carta Manifesto,* a book written by Peter Linebaugh, has spurred all sorts of thoughts.  Primary among those is simply my learning that a companion volume to the Magna Carta itself exists.  The Magna Carta is a central and … Continue reading

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Gendered Implications of my own Values

After writing about my values a few days ago, it occurred to me—brought back to my professional interest in gender—that my [very American] values did not seem to be particularly ‘gendered’.  They would be, it seemed to me, equally pertinent … Continue reading

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Another Interdisciplinary Dilemma: Nurturance and Competition, Consumption and Production, Sharing and Dividing

I was persuaded, a year or so ago, to take on the task of reading all the chapters in a book that Malcolm Cairns is pulling together (A Growing Forest of Voices, it’s called—a sequel to his 2007 collection, Voices … Continue reading

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Thinking about Marx and Women

I’m reading a wonderful book called Caliban and the Witch, by Silvia Federici.  Its central point is a link she makes between the definition of women’s roles as domestic/private and capitalism.  It’s a point I don’t 100% ‘buy’; but she … Continue reading

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On the Struggle to Understand and then Communicate Gender Issues in Forests

I sit at my desk, piles of books on gender and forests surrounding me, more articles and books stored more tidily in my EndNotes files, even more scattered here and there, less tidily, on my computer.  I have spent the … Continue reading

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