Category Archives: Gender

Getting comfortable with differences

Complementarianism. It’s not a very elegant word compared to its rival, egalitarian, with its revolutionary pedigree. Complementarian, made up in the 80s, was supposed to be a vehicle to carry the positive picture & dignity of men and women as equal but different. It’s struggled.

The transgender debate: Links & reading

It became clear some time ago that the next boundary to be redrawn, following the success of same-sex marriage would be that of gender identity. I’ve been collecting different links and resources on this issue and I’ll endeavour to keep this post updated as an ongoing

The troubled man

It is not uncommon these days to hear about a crisis of masculinity. If you think, this only comes from reactionary misogynists committed to the defence of patriarchy then think again. There are plenty of voices from across the political spectrum who are deeply concerned

To help & not to hurt

I have two children; a seven year old boy and a five year old girl. My daughter is on the tiny side, while she packs a lot of character into her small frame she is woefully under-gunned when it comes to handling her big brother.

Violent

Men are violent beasts. Since Cain did his brother Abel in, men have been bashing, cutting, stabbing, punching, detonating, shooting, destroying people and things ever since. Women, of course, are not immune to this propensity to kill, maim and destroy but by and large if something violent

Men are stronger

Over the last couple of days I’ve stated something that shouldn’t be controversial but is: that men and women at a fundamental biological level are different – our chromosomes, our bone structure, our hormones, our differing responses to disease and yes our genitals mean that we

The same but different (part 2)

Yesterday I posted a longer article about the challenges contemporary society has in even being able to answer the questions ‘what is a man?’ and ‘what is a woman?’ I also found a very similar article I had in draft form, but had never published.

Men and women are different but it’s complicated

Just recently, Germaine Greer made the news by saying that transgendered women are not real women. When you need the obvious stating, it’s always good to get an Australian to do it. Yet the question, ‘what is a woman?’, gets to the root of many