I am continually amused by the fact that the French noun “le vagin” is masculine. While we don’t give inanimate objects genders in English, we do have separate pronouns for male and female people, although this is being challenged more and more often, to the confusion and consternation of many I know. Could you get through an entire day without thinking about gender at all?
In case you haven’t guessed, I would love to talk about how gender is addressed in poetry at this discussion group. It seems to be such a pervasive and befuddling topic that perhaps poetry is the best means we have of getting to the heart of it. Please bring in a poem (written by another poet) that addresses this topic in some way to read and share with the group. It could be a poem about coming of age, falling in love, confronting prejudice or defying stereotypes. Come prepared to talk about why the poem struck you, and any thoughts or feelings it stirred up.
Burlington Writers Workshop
110 Main St Suite 3C
Burlington, VT, US