Erin McKelle

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Erin is a student studying sociology. She is also a social justice activist who has worked on many projects...read full bio

Nov 122013
 
How Our Gendered Childhoods Shape Ourselves

Have you ever considered how our societies messages about gender perpetuate gender roles and stereotypes in our children? Because there is definitely a huge intersection between how we perform gender and relate to and the culture and our exposure to gender as children. Gender Through Socialization Look around at any toy store: you’ll probably see […]

5 Myths About Gender

 Posted by on August 28, 2013
Aug 282013
 
5 Myths About Gender

Gender is one of the most powerful social forces in our lives- it shapes not only our view of the world, but also the view of ourselves. Whether we are assigned to be a man or woman at birth affects the lens through which we perceive, learn, negotiate and understand society. Unfortunately there are a […]

Jul 202013
 
Female Masturbation: Why the Taboo Needs to End

Women aren’t really encouraged to get to know their bodies, especially when it comes to genitalia. They are taught from a young age that touching themselves “down there” is bad and that we shouldn’t touch, sniff, taste or even look at their genitals. Women are taught that our sexual pleasure and gratification doesn’t matter and […]

Jun 262013
 
How does gender identity affect body image?

There are always a lot of conversations, books, articles and talks given on body image. We are told of the staggering statistics around eating disorders and told of how the media glorification of unrealistic bodies shatters self-esteem. Of the heart-wrenching stories of 8 year-olds dieting because they think they are too fat. However, we don’t […]

Doing Gender

 Posted by on March 23, 2013
Mar 232013
 
Doing Gender

Sex and gender are often used synonymously. However, they mean far from the same thing. Sex refers to your biological makeup as being a male or female that is determined by your external genitalia, gonads and chromosomes. Gender refers to the social meaning and identity that is formed and is complimentary (most often) to your […]