Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Radio Episode: What is Gender Theory? Who Was Havelock Ellis?

I created and recorded this piece for public radio. I was asked to contribute a piece that would tackle gender theory. So, this is a short piece on theorist Havelock Ellis who, before Sigmund Freud, contributed much to our understanding of gender and psychology. Freud, folks, didn't come up with all the things he is often associated with.

And this piece is my tip of the hat to Havelock Ellis.

You can listen to this piece here.

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Tina said...

I heard this on the radio when it first played and I started reading up on Havelock Ellis. I enjoy the concept of fluidity and that it encompasses all forms of identity not just gendered expressions thereof.

Dieter said...

It's really interesting that 'das kontraere Geschlechtsgefuehl' translates as 'inversion' in English which, lexically, says very little really.
I prefer the German rendering..

James said...

Another example of gender as a fluid notion.
I'm still processing it.

Anonymous said...

I also heard this on the radio when it first came out and all I can say is, good one for Havelock Ellis for picking the kind of wife he did.
And who said that gender fluidity is only the luxury of the modern person?

Dana said...

I'd like to download your pieces on my iPod. How can I do it?

Sean said...

Which work should I start reading first? By Havelock Ellis, I mean.

Anonymous said...

Same question as above. How can I download these pieces onto my iPod?

Sra said...

To people with iPod question:

In iTunes, go to the Store and search for "Brikena Ribaj". The two podcast series will appear in the results. Surf through the results to find the various podcast entries. You will be able to download the podcasts, which you can then load onto your iPod by syncing your library with your iPod.

If you use a Touch, you can go into iTunes directly from your iPod and either stream or download the podcasts from there.

Alternatively, if you downloaded the podcasts by right-clicking on B.R.'s links in the blog posts and saving the files as MP3s, you will need to add these MP3 files to your library in iTunes before you will be able to add them. To do so, select File > Add File (or Folder) to Library, then surf to where your podcast MP3s are saved on your computer and select the folder or file. After this, sync your iPod with your library.

B.R. said...

Ah, Sra beat me to it. Thanks, Sra!!
Usually I try to address comments on new posts and I don't comment as much in the comment section. I'll try to provide more feedback here as well.

Also, if some of you use the iPhone to download the podcats, you also need to check that you have a realtime player app for the iPhone.

B.R. said...

-Yes, it first played on public radio. It was rebroadcast a number of times and it's now available online, as well. It's also hosted elsewhere on the net so I thought it important to place it here as well as it is my work and I'm trying to have all of my Public Humanities work gathered up in one place: here.
-Right. Gender fluidity is definitely not the prerogative of the modern person. We have plenty of earlier texts that play with gender most exquisitely.