We have had such an intriguing beginning to our journey this semester. Considering the bell hooks reading, share with us how you became aware of gender differences beyond the obvious. In other words, can you remember when you were aware that being male, or female, had meaning for your life?
I’ll start: I think I was about 7 when one afternoon after school I climbed to the top of the tree in our front yard. I was quite proud of that, so when my parents returned from a meeting, I yelled at them from the top of the tree. I saw my father’s face and thought, “Oh, he thinks I might fall.” He did not. They told me to come down “immediately.” I did, and my father said, “Andrea, you can’t climb like that with a dress on.” I said, “Why not? I have on panties.” Well, in the ensuing exchange, this was my introduction to the concept that for girls to allow anything under their dresses to be seen was wrong.