Salon .ll., an online literary magazine, just posted a two-part piece I wrote on trying to keep neuro-sexist fantasies out of my family life. Neuro-sexism — the belief that men and women are helpless to biological structures that determine our neurological strengths and weaknesses — is a peril for every family but it’s a particularly galling issue in mine. In my household there are six males and one female. (And I mean human males. I’m not cheating and trying to count a bunch of male pets in that ratio.) The lone female, of course, is me.
One conversation-starter that comes around frequently in our house is, “If you had a superpower, what would it be?” It’s an easy question for me to answer since I already have a superpower. And I maintain, no matter what anyone else says, that my superpower has nothing to do with my sex.
Check it out at the links below.