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When diversity isn't diversity

Posted by Philip on 16 May 2016, 12:04 pm in , , , , , , , ,

I was disappointed but not surprised that a diversity debate at the Auckland Writers Festival yesterday turned out to be an ethnicity debate, with a little parlance about binary gender thrown in for good measure.

Image | Auckland Writers Festival

When I asked at the end why in 2016 a diversity debate's scope would be so narrow (apart from author Victor Rodger mentioning a fa'afafine character in one of his novels), after a resounding applause from the audience, I was met with varying levels of defensiveness, including:

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Heteronormative masculinity: get over it

Posted by Philip on 6 September 2011, 7:38 am in , , ,

I'm usually a fan of TED's pushing thought boundaries, but this video of psychologist Philip Zimbardo asking, "Why are boys struggling?" was surprisingly uninnovative, in my humble opinion. He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons but, like something out of the 1950s, his thesis takes the stance that boys only like girls and vice versa. It's hardly an idea worth spreading if you ask me.

To add insult to injury, his accompanying survey (no longer available) made the same heteronormative assumptions. I took the survey and added a few of my own thoughts. To make it quicker to write this post, I've copied and pasted the survey questions and options, putting the comments I added in bold.

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