Gender Studies II
EN2012 – Winter 2011 – Terry Goldie
Lecture 10 – ‘Written on the Body’ – Mar 17
Frankie Valli’s Walk like a Man
- Masculinity – leather everywhere, short hair (common for men in most societies
in the world) about gangs.
- Signs that indicate narrator’s gender.
o Punching Elgin (male).
o Slapping Jacqueline (female).
o Commitment-phobia (male).
o Falling in love (female).
- Peeps behind bush – a typical male trait, fascination with the men at the urinals –
could be signifiers that the author is female.
- General narrator of the book is not unlike the author.
- Why so much interest in science? You cannot tell the absolute gender of the
narrator, one can deduce characteristics that allude to the gender but there is no
- Science is dependable, definitive, gives an object reality.
- Elgin: medical doctor, different as a human being since parents are Orthodox
Jews living in London, father is a chemist.
- Orthodox Jews: presumably religion is the opposite of science, the essence of a
person is given to you by God – people who believe in religion believe this.
- Presumption is that gender is at least based on biological sex; trajectory between
sex and gender is what one appears.
- Gender neutral pronouns: ze.
- Weinberg believes in being true to what you have always been, as opposed to
Nori (in the video clip) believes being true to you who are now.
- The idea of that bi-sexuality is not a viable quality: people can be gay one day or
straight the next but not at the same time; In the clip, Nori admits that she acts
like a female with one group of friends, but acts like a male with other friends.
- In each case, someone who believes very strong in the ethnic aspect of
themselves but their appearance and name is categorized (by others) into
another space – naturally people categorize others.
- Categories can change, but these categories still exist –