Browsing All posts tagged under »gender«

Important Decisions Should Not Be Based on Laziness or ‘Because it’ll Make Me Laugh’

October 3, 2013 by


Right now I’m trying to figure out if this new story is in third person or first and if it’s about a boy or a girl because I’ve got chunks of text in basically every permutation. When I start writing something new I tend to simply use ‘he’ and she’ because it’s the easiest way […]

Bad Reputation

August 9, 2013 by


I’m going to a concert this afternoon. It’s a super secret concert for super secret bands (at least, I assume that’s why I haven’t heard of them, it could just be due to that whole not-an-American thing). This song has nothing to do with that. It’s just next up in the playlist. A girl can […]

Maid, Mother, Crone

July 30, 2013 by


I want to ask your opinion on something: What freight, if any, do the words ‘girl’, ‘young woman’ and ‘woman’ have for you — in relation to both the person referred to and the person speaking? For instance, if someone (say a person in their early twenties) referred to a person whose name they didn’t […]

I Am Not Your Boxable Statistic

June 20, 2013 by


So now you can be an unspecified gender on some Qantas forms. Which is lovely. Because you couldn’t do that last time I flew. Also, on the ESTA* website there’s a section that says, If you obtain a new passport or change your name, gender or country of citizenship, you will be required to apply […]

Girls Versus Boys

August 22, 2012 by


I’m sort of a disaster at writing girls. Not that I can’t write them, I just… don’t. I think the default character in my head is male. It’s weird actually, because my head certainly doesn’t default when it comes to race* or sexuality**. Anyway. Boys. Maybe it’s because in my formative years (well, formative writing […]