Reflections on “safety” (GM 9)

Reflections on “Safety”   Rus Ervin Funk  Jan 8, 2021   Gender matters.   A friend and colleague of mine (a black woman) recently recounted an experience where she challenged “whyte supremacist talk” during a meeting. She reported that the responses from white folx in the room defined her behavior as “aggressive” and the need for them (the white folx) to…

Remembering the Montreal Massacre (GM 7)

In Memory of the 14 Women Murdered in the Montreal Massacre   Rus Ervin Funk     On Dec 6, 1989, a lone gunman entered the University of Montreal Polythechnique, ordered the men to step aside, and began shooting. In the end, he murdered 14 women. The “Montreal Massacre” was, and is, the most devastating mass murder in…

Gender Matters: But Men Are Abused Too?

But Men Are Abused Too?  Rus Ervin Funk   Oct 29, 2020  October, as many of you likely know, is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (DVAPM) in the US. It’s the month every year that we are asked to pay attention: light purple lights on our front porches, wear a purple ribbon, attend a rally, make a donation……

An Intro to “Gender Matters”

Why Gender Matters  Rus Ervin Funk  Gender matters!  The name of this blog series is meant to convey two different but inter-related themes:  a) that gender matters and b) that gender matters. What I mean by this is that with regards to just about any issue that we’re facing (and in every issue that I’ll be addressing here), gender matters. We’re not only going to…

Sometimes When We Walk the Talk, We Trip

Presented at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church Feb 23, 2020 Opening Words From Gloria Anzaldua “…when you empathize and try to see her circumstances from her perspective, you achieve un conocimiento that allows you to shift towards a less defensive, more inclusive identity. When you relate to others not as parts, problems or useful commodities but…