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Monday Linkage: gender x

November 4, 2013

  • The world is buzzing with news that Germany has introduced a ‘third sex‘- or, the option to leave a child’s gender as indeterminate. This raises a slough of questions and long-overdue discussion.
  • Speaking of gender, Californians are debating a new law in California (AB 1266) that would allow trans-gender students to choose their preferred gender pronoun and identity. Critics worry that it would result in a violation of privacy (most of the concerns seem to be about boys using female bathrooms).
  • Obama is pushing Congress to pass a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating on the basis of gender identity (hello, is it 1970?? why hasn’t such a bill been passed already?!)
  • There has been quite a bit of discussion and sharing of  the ‘Switcheroo’ Photo series by Hana Pesut (basically it is photos of couples that switch outfits- I don’t really see it as a huge gender statement..maybe I don’t get it).
  • The World Economic Forum ranked the US 23 out of 126 countries in terms of gender equality- PBS has an interesting discussion of the fall from grace here.
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Megan MacKenzie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her main research interests include feminist international relations, gender and the military, the combat exclusion for women, the aftermaths of war and post-conflict resolution, and transitional justice. Her book Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight comes out with Cambridge University Press in July 2015.