Comments on: “A Girl’s Life” http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:10:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: “A Girl's Life” : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 … « sex99 http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-529593 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 02:51:37 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-529593 [...] the article here: “A Girl's Life” : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 … Comments [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-524210 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 06:42:40 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-524210 Rachel–thanks so much for stopping by to comment, and to share more information from behind the scenes. How very sad, and telling, that you were able to raise money for only an hour on girls’ lives. That seems to speak very clearly to the subject of male privilege that I and my readers wrote of in this review!

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By: Rachel Simmons http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-524193 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 06:16:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-524193 Thanks for writing about the show. I’ve enjoyed reading the comments. I agree that more could have been said about sex and sexuality, though I can tell you it is very difficult to get appropriate permissions for these conversations, particularly where television is involved. I often argue, in writing and in my workshops, that heterosexism has left the intimacy of girls’ relationships underexplored and often rendered invisible — when in fact the most intense relationships girls have, and the place where they learn most of what they know about intimacy, is generally with each other.

I’m not sure this was the project in which to explore male privilege, however. This is a program aimed primarily at parents.

Finally, we were not able to get enough funding for more than one hour of programming (in contrast to the companion show, Raising Cain, which was about boys and 2 hours long). It was excruciatingly difficult to cram everything into that one hour. Not that this excuses omissions — but it’s important information to include.

Anyway, thank you for the discussion and for your insightful review.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521970 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 14:38:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521970 KC–thanks for the tip. I’ll try to catch that when it comes around out here. There has been quite a LMA revival going on lately–I read a very fine biography of her and her father a few years ago, John Matteson’s Eden’s Outcasts. And I think Susan Cheever and other writers have written more popular histories of the Concord, Mass. crowd.

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521957 Fri, 01 Jan 2010 14:16:08 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521957 I missed it because I was watching the American Masters program on Louisa May Alcott on our other PBS station. I’d recommend this — it’s quite good although I’m kind of lukewarm about the historic reenactments part of it.

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By: Professor Zero http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521553 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:45:29 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521553 Yes to several people above: it is now OK to call individual people racists and sexists but not to talk about racism and sexism generally. Everything gets reduced to some moral failure and to an attitude problem (because individuals accused of racist and/or sexist acts can say they didn’t mean it, they don’t believe those things).

I had more or less figured that out and I’ve had the point about porn culture made to me before, but it’s right now that one has landed.

When I was a small child sex education was just coming back into schools post 50s and one of the points constantly being made was that if kids did not get this information from better sources, they would get it from porn.

Now we’ve had abstinence only education for a while, and porn culture. NO WONDER life has become so confusing.

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By: Katherine http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521521 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:25:44 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521521 I take cgeye’s point about girls not having good rules to fight, but I would also put out a concern for those of us who believe that fighting is wrong. Pacifism doesn’t doesn’t fit into the junior high school (or high school) ethos. Not fighting is a hard option, for which there is not much vocabulary, for boys or girls.

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521409 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 20:52:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521409 I’m spitting mad because of all the pulled punches, and once I start seeing them, they’re everywhere.

Like Zoe Saldana being touted as a feminist acting icon, because she starred in two boy-friendly, male-identified parts in STAR TREK 11 and AVATAR. Like seeing Diablo Cody backpedal on the snarky misogyny underneath the feral misanthropy of JENNIFER’S BODY. Like WHIP-IT — a movie where girls and violence are dealt with in a way that doesn’t revolve around guys, or result in horror — sinking like a stone.

This is what we’ve settled for? Really?

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By: grandoc http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521386 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 20:15:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521386 Yes indeed. When you graduated from Smith or Holyoke in the late 50s or early 60s it was MRS or Katie Gibbs secretarial school for you. Ouch. Zero to two women in our med school class. I am embarrassed.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/12/31/a-girls-life/comment-page-1/#comment-521370 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:42:41 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=8937#comment-521370 truffula–you’ve got it, exactly. As in the hunt for the mythological being called The Racist, we don’t want to see systems of oppression, we want to pretend that entire global and systemic power structures are maintained by certain Evil Ones rather than by many or all of us. (Conveniently these Evil Ones are so unbelieveably evil that very few people will be able to be defined as such. As one angry wag once commented, rape is such a heinous crime that it never happens. We find other things to call rape because it’s such a terrible crime.)

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