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Gender and Sexuality are different concepts

Male & Female = Gender

There are 2 options for everyone on the planet, which can be broken down into 3 distinct pieces: Gender Identity; Gender Expression; and Biological Sex (reproductive organs i.e., penises and vaginas are the determinant of gender).

But, gender is not universal, is not cross-cultural and gender changes over time.

But, gender is relative, is cultural, and gender, the way we express it, changes over time.

But if someone has a penis he’s raised as a male; if someone has a vagina she’s raised as a female

But gender is really about how you make sense of your sexuality in your head…its based on many determinants…about how you line up with the expectations associated with reproductive organs (according to a TED speaker: http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2013/05/my-ted-talk-understanding-the-complexities-of-gender/)

But, some people…have a different gender identity than one of the two options (male or female) like transgender and all the other categories of gender related to human beings in the 21st century.

Gender isn’t something you can understand in ten minutes. Its more complex than just whether one has a vagina or a penis. So, what’s going on?

In summary according to a TED speaker, your biological sex (or the parts you’re born with) is only a component of gender, its not a determinate of who you are as body parts don’t necessarily mandate who you’re going to be.

Not all people fall into the binary gender categories of male and female…trans-gender, transvestite, genderqueer, agender, etc. if you’re born with a penis you’re taught to be a  boy; if you’re born with a vagina you’re taught to be a girl. But the two gender categories don’t express the complexity that exists.

Gender Equality is about the freedom to uniquely express gender without binary categories or stereotypical judgments.

Now, we need space…to allow everyone, despite how they biologically present, to express their gender uniquely and feel safe when they don’t fit into a binary gender world.

It’s complicated. Forget what you’ve been narrowly taught to believe about gender and Raise your Awareness, opening your heart to allow acceptance of everyone’s relative expression of gender.

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When I talk about a culture of rape, I’m talking about the way a society collectively thinks, ignores, trivializes, normalizes or makes into jokes sexual assault, rape and violence against women. In America rape, assault and violence against women is reported in the news every day; pop music blast lyrics that blur the lines of consent; sexy apparel is designed for a younger and younger market; athletics, musicians, politicians, and actors who rape are supported and the victims blamed for ruining careers and life stories; we put the responsibility on women to stay safe; victims on college campuses are still not taken seriously when reporting rape; woman’s body parts are objectified and marketed to promote products as sex sells. Read this articles for examples of rape culture: http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/03/examples-of-rape-culture/

The language of a culture of rape is all around us. We’ve got a problem. And, as one author puts it, “we’re not teaching our sons not to rape.”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-gallagher/we-have-a-problem-here_b_5882974.html   That’s where is starts, training a new generation of boys who grow into men who love, honor and respect women. I taught my son and, feel confident, he will pass this legacy on to his son. This is what we can do as mothers living in a culture of rape, we can teach our boys to honor girls and women by not practicing aggression and violence. What about you? What can you do to help change the current U.S. Culture of Rape to a Culture of Caring Respect for all.



{May 19, 2010}   Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground by Cathleen Boyle

Imagine a world where woman are Goddesses esteemed as  mothers of creation

            The gate through which life enters the world…

Imagine a world governed by spirit

Imagine a world where woman are rulers and priestess

Imagine a world of equal partnership and no ranking between men and women

Imagine a world without attack and violence

Imagine a world abiding in peace

Imagine a world creative and loving

Imagine a world where art and beauty are pervasive

        It is a world remembered not imagined

 It is the prevailing paradigm of past civilizations

Women are a sacred ground of creation…

 



{December 24, 2009}   Waiting

We all are waiting…waiting for our relatives to arrive…waiting for them to leave…waiting for the sun to set…waiting for the sun to rise…waiting for tomorrow…waiting for tonight…waiting for lunch…waiting for dinner…wating to be wed…waiting to be divorced…waiting for a baby’s birth…waiting for the first word…waiting on the first step…waiting for first grade…waiting for a first date…waiting to graduate…waiting to get accepted to college…waiting to find a job…waiting to find love..waiting to heal a broken heart…waiting for a plane..waiting for a train…waiting for a boat…waiting for a taxi…waiting on a phone call…we’re all waiing…  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8xtoP2neSQ

Read this quietly then send it on its Journey…

To realize The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.


To realize The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.


To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.


To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who


Has failed a final exam.
To realize The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.


To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother


Who has given birth to
A premature baby….

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.


To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.


To realize the value of a friend or family member
LOSE ONE.


The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.

























et cetera