What’s not black nor white but grey all over? Gender.
Commonly people use the terms sex and gender interchangeably. The problem is that, like the ever-frustrating then/than confusion, context is key.
Sex is your biology it’s the uniquely private code that is hidden deep within each of us.
Gender is how we express ourselves. It’s how we each understand our unique inner codes and the way in which we choose to share that message with others.
Typically people understand both of these concepts as coming in twos: male & female and woman & man.
The more connected we become however, the more we realize that 7 billion people do not fit neatly into tight spaces…. Especially not two restrictive and exclusive pink and blue boxes.
I mean, boxes are important! They are handy to help us organize our things when we are packing and moving. But what would happen if we settled in our new surroundings and never unpacked? We would never have the opportunity to move forward and grow in our new home!
The same thing can be said for social change. We use old concepts and ideas to help us organize our thoughts, but as we grow and continue to move forward through time, it is important to deconstruct these boxes. This allows ourselves the opportunity to refresh, rethink, and may even call for some social reorganization…
So why Womyn? It’s a simple idea: use the power of language to snip the chords that unjustly bind sex and gender. The idea is not our own, but we want to be apart of the movement that chooses inclusivity and ingenuity over convenience.
So lets unpack and unlearn those dusty old pink vs blue boxes and watch how colorful the world can become when you allow a generation of kids to discover-for themselves-who they want to be.
This piece was written for a social enterprise’s blog explaining their decision to use the term “womyn” on their site. Check out this AWESOME apparel company here: nudevoice.org.
The Harper government withheld tens of thousands of documents that it was obligated to disclose as part of a human-rights case in which it is accused of discriminating against indigenous children. Now, it is using its failure to hand over the files to try to get the proceedings put on hold.
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007 saying it is wrong for the federal government to pay 22 per cent less for child welfare on reserves than the provinces pay for non-aboriginal welfare services.
Despite many attempts by the government to have the case dismissed, the hearings before the tribunal finally began in February of this year.
But, next Tuesday, Justice Department lawyers will ask for an adjournment of many months while they gather more than 50,000 documents that were required to have already been handed over to the Caring Society’s lawyers under the human-rights commission rules.
Hey so when the federal government got caught illegally hiding 50,000 documents which it was required to turn over for what could potentially be a very large and expensive human rights case, they responded by insisting that they needed the whole proceeding adjourned for months while they collected all those documents.
That’s it. That’s exactly what happened. That’s just how things are now.
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I think someone wants me to disappear.