Tag Archives: construction of Femininity

The ‘treatment’ for non-gender conforming girls/boys is child abuse

In the UK any child not conforming to gender stereotypes may be diagnosed as having gender dysphoria – defined by the NHS as: “a condition in which a person feels there is a mis-match between their biological sex and their … Continue reading

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Little Women v Treasure Island: How Ideals of Boys and Girls are Constructed.

In the nineteenth century Alcott and Stevenson created their respective novels Little Women (1868-9) and Treasure Island (1883). Both convey explicit and implicit ideologies concerning gender construction. In the late 19th century ‘domestic novels’ incorporating emphasis on home, character and … Continue reading

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Claude Cahun and the Contemporary Theft of Lesbian Identity.

The idea of ‘butch lesbian’ identity is much under attack in the present day. Such an integral part of lesbianism and lesbian history is being stolen, side-lined, rewritten and so being made invisible. Claude Cahun was a French, Jewish, artist … Continue reading

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