Your Use of "Gender-Bender" phrasing is offensive Mr. Adams…

http://www.naturalnews.com/027514_phthalates_feminization.html

This bothers me because I can’t necessarily say I would care if my infant son, Sun, were “feminized”. Who freaking cares as long as he’s happy!?

I am turned off by the phrase “gender-bender phthalate chemicals.” Mike Adams doesn’t seem to understand that the rigid heteropatriarchal heteorsexist able-bodied binary of female/male (as defined by cis-gender terms) in the USA is, in itself, a problem; what does playing with certain toys have to do with exposure to “chemicals?” Is this guy serious? See below what I quoted:

(NaturalNews) In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates — the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products — tends to “feminize” boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics. The study has been published in the Journal of Andrology.

Phthalates are found in vinyl products (including vinyl flooring), PVC shower curtains, plastic furniture and even in the plastic coating of the insides of dishwashing machines.

The feminization process happens during pregnancy when phthalate exposure causes hormone disruptions in the unborn baby. This chemical feminizes males by disrupting the action of the hormone testosterone.

In this recent study, researchers found a strong correlation between the types of toys that male children play with and the level of phthalates found in their mothers when they were pregnant. Researchers discovered that boys exposed to high levels of phthalates in the womb tend to avoid playing with cars, trains or toy guns. They also avoided rough play, instead preferring more feminine toys and activities. (Barbie?)

Sometimes he can be so freaking “know it all straight white middle class” guy who thinks he can speak for everyone and know what is “healthy” for everyone to eat.  He uses phrases and wording that are so encased in white middle-class heterosexual able-bodied cisgender man privilege… But, at the same time, he feels strongly that he is helping many people. I have benefited from many things he has written, but he totally needs to take an awareness class around gender, whiteness, class, etc. because he is constantly doing this. I don’t think he’s aware of it. I think I should probably write him and let him know…

…. …and it’s not that he can’t write from the “white middle-class heterosexual able-bodied cisgender man privilege” perspective… I think what irritates me is that he doesn’t reflect on it or at least name where he is coming from, as opposed to making it as if it’s “common sense” or “universally” applicable.

0 thoughts on “Your Use of "Gender-Bender" phrasing is offensive Mr. Adams…

  1. Honestly, his common sense “give me a break!” approach reminds me of John Stossel in some ways. He is constantly doing it and needs a identity politics 101 class.

  2. John Stossel? I am unfamiliar.

    In general, most of the mainstream “experts” on alternative holistic health practices are entrenched in privileges that they never acknowledge. Oh well, that’s why I am doing the doctoral studies that I’m doing, because these folk are not interested in reflecting I guess!

    Breeze

  3. “Studies” like these always bother me, because they leave out important information, like, the kinds of households children are raised in, what they are exposed to/have access to…

    I’m not negating the effects of phthalates, but:

    How do we know that the boys in the study weren’t encouraged to play with a particular kind of toy (one way or the other)?

    How do we know if this is true, vs the conditioning of boys growing up in all-women households?

    Most of what we understand about and expect from gender roles are preconceived notions of how we’re supposed to behave within our sex characteristics, despite the complexity of it.

    My boyfriend is more outwardly affectionate than I am. Does that make him more “feminine” than me for wanting to give and receive nonsexual physical touch? Does this mean he can sue Tupperware for wanting to be hugged or caressed?

    Mike Adams, you want to be so masculine? Fine. Go Kick Rocks!

  4. I wasn’t denying that there are biological changes that the body experiences and that there are health dangers. But I was more or less pointing out the tone of the writing, his ‘negative’ use of the phrase ‘gender-bender’ and the fact that he finds it a problem if a ‘boy’ were to play with Barbie. I am suggesting that there are ways to talk about these topics without sounding disgusted that a ‘boy’ would play with a Barbie doll or want to wear ‘girl’ clothing.

    I also think it’s important that authors such as himself reflect on the word choices and implications of how they say things. But, that’s just my two cents. Let me know if I’m making sense.

  5. The constant denigration of “feminine” anything is unbelievable. This guy doesn’t know much about science either. He was misconstruing so many studies I unsubscribed from his emails.

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