A Little About the Author

Hello, and welcome to my blog, “Unladylike Musings.”  This blog is something that I have wanted to start for a while.  It is meant to be a place for not only myself, but others, to process through issues around sexuality and gender, especially as it relates to the modern woman.  I will often post any articles, quotes, news stories, etc. that I find interesting.  I may or may not post my own comments.  Every once in a while I might also do a book or movie review.

As you may have guessed, I myself am a woman.  I graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Sociology.  I am also white, cisgendered, and a Quaker.  I have grown up in the Northwest, and though I have traveled a lot, have never lived anywhere else.  I work at a women’s shelter, interacting mainly with homeless women.  I do not have any pets and am terrified of trying to take care of a plant.  I love to take pictures and do some professional photography on the side (which means that most, if not all of the pictures posted on here will be my own work).

I share these things not because I want to talk about myself but rather so you can see a bit of the lens I look through.  No one can truly look at the world objectively because we all have different histories, backgrounds, and experiences.  I just ask that when you read this blog and especially if you chose to comment, that you keep this in mind and be respectful of the stories of others, including mine and your own.

The intention of this blog as I’ve mentioned earlier is to be a safe place.  Please read through the Comment Policy before you chose to comment.  I want readers to feel comfortable to express their opinions and engage in honest dialog.  On that note a word of warning.  I am a very open and honest person and my intentions are not to offend people.  Please use the contact form to let me know if you find anything I say or post to be offensive etc.  There is no guarantee that I will remove it but I would love to discuss my intentions and your observations with you.

So, thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and I look forward to seeing what this blog develops into.  Let us ditch the “lady” and talk culture!

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Update:  Read my 100th post!

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3 thoughts on “A Little About the Author

  1. Toni says:

    I had never heard the term “cisgendered” so I just Googled it. Very cool word.

  2. tiffany267 says:

    I will preface by saying that I’m impressed by the concept of your blog. I’m a fan of challenging and disrupting existing gender paradigms.

    Though it’s extremely important for me to recognize the lenses of our individual and cultural backgrounds, I respectfully disagree with the idea that no one can objectively understand the world around them. I feel that not only is it untrue but it also has harmful effects to believe such a thing. Firstly, believing that no one can grasp reality objectively denies our humanity by asserting that our logical reasoning (what essentially makes us human) takes a back seat to our sensory experiences – which also inherently renders us victims. Secondly, it renders us unable to make moral judgments, which is unspeakably dangerous. For instance, how, without objectivity, could one assert that female genital mutilation is a violation of human rights?

    I speak to this issue not so much because you expressed a sentiment with which I disagree but more importantly because cultural and moral relativism is an alarming trend I have noted in our general culture. I am compelled to speak out against what I feel is a harmful stance, and I hope that my statements will be considered thoughtfully, perhaps inspiring a change of heart.

    Thank you again for your blog, and I look forward to reading your content.

    • Thank you for your comment. I have been thinking about how to respond to this for a while. While I see your point I still stand by the above expressed opinions.

      My culture, experiences, and the way I was raised define who I am, what my values are, and the moral guideline I subscribe to. If I had been raised by different parents, or in a different religion I may not hold the same sense of right and wrong that I do now.

      For example, you mentioned FGM above. I firmly believe that this is wrong and a violation of human rights. Not everyone believes this. The people that perpetuate this practice do not believe that it’s wrong. We have differnet morals base on our cultures.

      I do agree that there are certain mores that are held true by the majority of humanity. For example, murder is wrong. I think one would be hard pressed to find someone who did not believe this. But what is your definition of murder? Is it murder if you kill another person in self-defense? What about soldiers who kill other soldiers? Is this murder? You’re answers may differ than mine.

      I realize this is relativistic, and yes somethimes relativism frightens me but I also was a sociology major in school and believe that everything about who I am and what I believe was influenced by things outside of my control. I am a socially constructed being.

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