Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Good Parts, episode 11: The Third Person

Feedback this week comes from Ardor, in the form of a question about Gender Issues. We have a few things to say about that.

Then our main topic is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo.

Nobilis is doing it.

Ann hates it.

Helen is subverting it.

Download the episode here.

3 comments:

lightmintypfunks said...

Regarding Ann's friend who thought she had a finished novel at the end of NaNo:

She's a moron. The NaNoWriMo website has always said that the contest is for the purpose of finishing a novel in one fell swoop. A *bad* novel. A terrible novel. Perhaps a novel with some potential, but NaNo has always explicitly been about quantity over quality. I think this spirit is best expressed in the fine NaNo tradition that, if you've hit a writing wall, throw a ninja, a lesbian, a cabbage or a dead donkey at your characters and see what happens.

Anyone who thinks otherwise isn't paying attention.

Love,
Mer
braindouche.net

Margaret Yang said...

I agree with Nobilis' distinction between "writers" and "Nanowrimo participants." It's not the amount of output that makes the difference, it's the mindset.

Marie said...

All in all a big fan of your podcast. and this one was well done as well. A few quibbles , however.

OK. So, gender issues. Being someone who has researched these issues extensively (and as a transsexual woman) I have some observations.

1. Certain elements of gender are related to culture, certain elements aren't. Ask yourself, what would my gender mean in on a desert island? What elements of "me" would be meaning less if I didn't have someone there to observe them.

2. Our sense of our gender (or genderlessness) is developed as early as 3 or 4 years old. This has to do with whom we choose to emulate (mom or dad) and seems to have certain biological features. How else would there be transgender individuals throughout all cultures?

3. Intead of using "Masculine" and "Feminine" it is clearer to use (as the queer communities do) "Femme" and "Butch". Because you can have Femme males (see queen's and metrosexuals) and Butch females irrespective of sexuality or gender identity.(see Tribe 8's song "Femme Bitch Top".)

4. In a uni-sexed society I would immagine that gender would be even more highlighted. Other questions are raised. What abot Female-to-male transsexuals? What about intersex babies? Even though peoples sex has been changed , what about their gender identity? Magically changed too, I suppose?

Gender Identity is a complex question, and you all did a great job in the allotted time.


thanks.

Marie

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