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The Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls post their stance on WFTDA’s gender policy

subhead: awesomeness ensues.

I love my local roller derby team.

Below is the official response from the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls in response to my call for the league to stand up in opposition to the gender policy passed by women’s roller derby’s governing body, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

I admire BHRG’s members and leaders for taking this stand on an issue of deep importance to so many of the league’s skaters and fans.


The Bleeding Heartland

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time for the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls to protest the WFTDA gender policy

My local NPR station, WFIU, just aired an hourlong conversation with members of the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls (BHRG), our town’s roller derby league.

I’m an enormous roller derby fan, and I love BHRG just to absolute pieces. One of the reasons I love my local team so much is that its skaters are all up in gender’s grill. It’s an extremely queer league, with tons of genderqueers peppering the roster.

Which is why I’ve been so confused by BHRG’s silence … Read more

I sit here crocheting: the (genderqueer) female academic

I’m taking a class this semester called “advanced pedagogy: gender and sexualities.” The class is offered by my university’s Communications and Culture program, and so far it’s less focused on pedagogy than it is on gender and sexualities, which makes it different but not bad.

In fact, the assumptions held by the instructor and students, nearly all of whom have some background in gender studies and/or queer theory, have enabled me to let my hackles settle down … Read more

on straight dudes posing as lesbians

As my pal Wessel says, on the Internet nobody knows you’re a dude.

You may have heard of these two recent stories:

1. Gay Girl in Damascus is really a Straight Guy in Scotland:

The life of Amina Arraf was a good story. On a website called “Gay Girl in Damascus,” this purportedly Syrian-American lesbian blogger wrestled with issues surrounding her national identity, her sexuality, her faith, and the future of her country at a time

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notes on Straight privilege

She gave me for my pains a world of sighs;
She swore, in faith ’twas strange, ’twas passing strange;
‘Twas pitiful. ’twas wondrous pitiful,
She wish’d she had not heard it, yet she wish’d
That heaven had made her such a man…
Othello Act 1, scene 3, 158–163

I’ve been thinking lately about the politics of passing.

In my case, passing means passing as a straight, cisgender woman. For most of my life, until the last year or … Read more

request from AERA Queer Studies SIG for gender-neutral bathrooms

Lately, and for lots of reasons, I’ve been spending most of my blogging energy on gender and queer identity and less energy on posts about education and educational research. But something happened today that combined my interests in these areas: A Special Interest Group of which I am a member has formally requested gender neutral restrooms at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

By permission of Caitlin Ryan, the membership chair of the AERA Queer Read more

why I identify as genderqueer

Here are some things I told a class of undergraduates this morning:

  • When I was a kid, I was never sure which pronouns–she/her/hers or he/him/his–applied to me.
  • When I was a kid, I was often confused about which public restroom to use.
  • When classes or teams were split into boys vs. girls, I wasn’t always sure which side to join.
  • I let people use feminine pronouns and refer to me as a ‘girl’ because that’s what they seemed
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