For the last six months or so, I’ve been the Sex + Relationships Section Editor at the gender-lens site Role/Reboot, which meant that I both wrote regularly for the site and picked up other content for it. (I haven’t chosen everything in that section — some was selected by the managing editor — but I’ve chosen a bunch of it.) I was attracted to Role/Reboot because its mission is to make sex and gender issues accessible to a broad range of people outside the “usual suspects;” I saw an opportunity both to reach a new audience, and to promote work by writers who I don’t think get as much attention as they should.
As the site has developed and my writing has continued to develop, my sense of both has evolved — and Role/Reboot’s own sense of itself has evolved, too. One result has been that I’m no longer picking up extra content for the site. I will continue to contribute regularly for a while, but I have other ideas and projects that I want to focus on, and Role/Reboot simply isn’t the ideal destination for the majority of my work. So that’s going to conclude, too. I want to emphasize, though, that I think the intent of the site is good, and I’m glad I had a chance to contribute.
In the past, I’ve given you folks lots of links to my favorite content that I found for Role/Reboot. Here’s a final roundup:
* Bad With Men: Where I Was When Obama Was Elected, by Dana Norris (who runs the ongoing Chicago event Story Club, where I will appear on August 2!). Dana is writing a series of articles about her dating experiences after a huge breakup, and this is probably my favorite — she’s so self-aware! Favorite quotation: “I apologize for having deliberately wasted his time with my grief-motivated flailings for male attention.”
* I Intervened On A Man Yelling At A Woman: Did I Do The Right Thing? by Richard Jeffrey Newman (who’s part of the blog team at Alas! A Blog). I’ve always appreciated Richard’s thoughts on manliness and masculinity; this is a perfect example of his nuanced, careful writing on the topic.
* What To Do When You Know About An Affair, by Rob Dobrenski (who blogs at ShrinkTalk.net). Rob’s thoughts on how to deal with your friends when you know that one is cheating on the other mirror my own, which is why I chose this piece. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve given this exact advice in the past.
* Journey Home: My Life As A Transgender Man, by Justin Cascio (who is an editor at The Good Men Project). I asked Justin to write this because I think it’s important to have more testimonials of what it’s like to go through major hormonal changes — including mental and emotional effects. He’s been taking testosterone for more than 12 years.
If you have been following my involvement at Role/Reboot and were hoping to contribute at some point, then do not despair! You can still submit something to me and I’ll put you in touch with the right people. The relevant email address is clarisse at rolereboot dot org.