In the Mail

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Jan Vermeer

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Jan Vermeer

In our mail and email this week:

News of a recent NPR story about language and gender. According to some recent research by Lera Boroditsky of Stanford, grammatical gender absorbs images from social gender. (That is, “die Brucke” seems different than “el puente”.) Surprising? Maybe — or maybe not. There’s more on the research, and some of its implications, at “Shakespeare Had Roses All Wrong”. Thanks, Carolyn Cardwell, for sharing this with us!

This invitation to an upcoming discussion on parenting (links added):

Good afternoon;

I’m writing to invite you to an important conversation regarding “the
Right to Parent (or not)”. This conversation is being co-sponsored by
the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, MensWork, and the Women’s
Studies Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

Wday, April 22, 4:15 – 5:30 at the Hartford Building (corner of 1st
and Gray) on the JCTC Campus, room 204.

Parking available on the street (1st street, Gray, or Brook).

Panelists include;
Khalilah Collins of Women in Transition
Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign
Derek Selznik of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.

This lively and timely conversation will explore the various issues
surrounding the right to parent, and the right not to parent, and how
parenting is connected to a wide range of reproductive justice issues.

Hope to see you there!

Rus Ervin Funk
Executive Director
MensWork: elimating violence against women, inc.
PO Box 4878
Louisville, KY 40204

The April 2009 Newsletter of Fairness, Louisville.

We also received a comment, which ended up being flagged as spam, possibly because it included a link to another site, from a blogger telling her story about domestic violence. It’s troubling, to say the least, along several dimensions.

We are also dispatching some comments, via Faculty Liaison Johanna Bos, to the upcoming consultation on Globalization and Cultural Diversity convening April 19 at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. We look forward to what the consultation will produce.


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