Artist Statement: MIRRORS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSgNWYeTL0I As I explored thoughts and memories that led me to my story “Mirrors”, I began to vividly imagine not only my body in those moments but also my quiet, faded demeanor. “Mirrors” tells an important embodied story of my experience as a dancer and the way that my gender shaped who I am as … Continue reading Artist Statement: MIRRORS

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Writing the Self 5: Mirrors – Fictional Anecdote of personified feelings.

The studio is cold as it always is. As I walk in I paint the windows with the warmth of my fingers, raking the condensation into pools. Girls cover every crevice of every room and mothers stare down at their phones or stumble around with the little ones at their feet. I walk straight to … Continue reading Writing the Self 5: Mirrors – Fictional Anecdote of personified feelings.

Reading Response 4: Escaping a narrow mind: “But its just who they are”

Reading Response prompt: How could the Santoro reading help you/us to reconsider a resistance to “seeing whiteness”? The Santoro reading,  "Teaching in culturally diverse contexts: what knowledge about ‘self’ and ‘others’ do teachers need?" has encouraged me to look outside of the margins of "stereotypical constructions" (Santoro, p. 37) that prompt me to align myself with the perspectives … Continue reading Reading Response 4: Escaping a narrow mind: “But its just who they are”

Reading Response 3: Its Just Who I am

Response Prompt: How has the reading and Laura’s talk influenced your future classroom? Through reading ‘Undoing’ Gender and Disrupting Hegemonic Masculinity: Embracing a Transgender Social Imaginary, by Martino (2012) in congruency with Laura's presentation in class, I was able to recognize the potential hurt that can caused by assuming dominant gender binaries. From Laura's talk, I … Continue reading Reading Response 3: Its Just Who I am

Assignment 1B: The Storied Self in Relation

i.) Similarities: The dominant narrative that I found in reading the blog posts of my peers on their gender related stories, was one based on the overarching dominant traits encompassing all physical, emotional, and psychological characteristics affiliated with girls and women. There are often many presumptions made based on what we (women) can and cannot … Continue reading Assignment 1B: The Storied Self in Relation

Writing the Self 4: “It’s a Good Thing You’re Cute”

I walked into my high school feeling like each brick of the building was whispering critiques at me: "Are you sure you included a good enough mission statement?" "What if they don't think you'll be as good as the last school president?" "I bet your fellow candidate Dave Opinko prepared longer for his speech." All … Continue reading Writing the Self 4: “It’s a Good Thing You’re Cute”