Monthly Archives: December 2010
Technologies, music and art styles, slang, fashion…they all come and go with the generations, but the fundamental gender questions endure through time: What is manly? What is womanly? Across the ages, the answers have been shaped by the basic biological equation of men and women. Men are bigger, stronger, more aggressive, and can father a virtually unlimited number of children (more than 700 sons and 342 daughters, in one case); women are at the mercy of their fertility, and every child takes a physical toll and imposes physical restrictions.
Let the wedding countdown begin. In these uncertain, rather tepid times, the announcement of the engagement of Prince William and his soon-to-be bride, Kate Middleton, allowed us all to think about something other than economic uncertainty and (if you are more of a fluffy type) the divorce announcement of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker.
As we continue to investigate the burning down of gender houses and what it means to be a woman in 2010, we were stopped in our tracks mid-latte the other day in the bookstore. There’s a book out now that’s getting a lot of buzz--called Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?--in which author Pamela Keogh explores the deep question of whether you are more first lady or Hollywood starlet.