Continuing the lists to help writers mess with gendered expectations, here are the items men are told to acquire in order to fit in. Yes, this came from a compilation of such lists for men and by men in 2021. You can use this idea to mess with the stereotypes though, add items from this… Continue reading How to Dress like a Man 101
How to Dress Like a Woman 101
Surprisingly, to me anyway, magazines still push the idea of what men and women SHOULD wear. I offer the list here as ways for writers to play with such expectations. By describing your narrators with a mix of both what are called mens and womens clothing, you can challenge the notion of gendered appearances. You… Continue reading How to Dress Like a Woman 101
We Used to be Tomboys:
I read too much where the author changed the pronoun but little else when they could embody the experience of being outside the gender expectations of our Western culture. That then is the motivation. What will follow is a series of posts/chapters to share what I found. There will be lists in places, academic articles, personal stories and more.
Poem: I Am Safe Inside This Body
A new poem by the emerging writer, Spencer Jean from Montreal.
Poems by Joshua Merchant
Outside sounds like the family of cardinals- or the grief of lightening we survive together and still mundane- the walks from home. the movies. grocery store or dinner table. the vastness of it all. the field of horses behind my apartment that bring me to a pause. can’t see the face but I know something… Continue reading Poems by Joshua Merchant
Light Spots: Poetry.
Sylvia Bernhardt Light Spots Blind courage Has moved me once more. Scabbed yet gently painted, My toes brush the dirt aside To check for glass or unknown Hurts. Others, Blind in their own respects, Dropped spilt or threw On the path I trod. Pilgrims passing through will Look upon me, with jealous Tired, eyes. Beneath… Continue reading Light Spots: Poetry.