Georgia Platts is the author of BroadBlogs.
I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology and I teach soc and women’s studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. I have also lectured at San Jose State University.
My expertise lies in the areas of psychology of women and social psychology.
I have also blogged for Ms. Magazine, Feminspire, The Good Men Project, Feminist Mormon Housewives, and Daily Kos and some of my pieces have been picked up by The AlterNet and Democratic Underground. I’ve also written an op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News.
I first became interested in the issues I talk about here when I started wondering why women so often uphold laws and social norms that oppress them — whether insisting, generally, that they don’t want equality, to upholding specific policies like restrictions on voting or driving, or supporting government control of women’s bodies. Or buying into media ideals that tell them they aren’t attractive unless they have a body type that does not exist in nature.
As I studied more, I learned about how, unconsciously, society gets into our heads.
I also learned about “the social construction of reality.” Turns out, humans have very few instincts — a general need for food, shelter and sex, for instance — but how those needs manifest varies greatly from culture to culture.
And as it turns out, sexism puts a real damper on women’s sexual interest and enjoyment.
Hmmmm, sex is socially constructed?
And so are notions of beauty. Which explains why something that does not exist in nature can end up becoming a beauty ideal.
While there is a physical reality “out there,” what it means to people is made up in different ways in different times and places.
I am also interested in relationships and how women and men get along — or fail to — when they are raised in very different ways (by which gender is socially constructed.)
Social justice issues are also important to me, whether gender, race, class, LGBTQ… Here I’m especially interested in how the ideas of the privileged and powerful become dominant and seem like “reality” while the perspectives of the disempowered and underprivileged disappear — often from themselves. (Remember, women often support policies that oppress them.)
I teach and blog because of my teachers, who have had a big impact on my life, whether in the classroom, in books, through song or online. I’ve been offered so much and I would like to give back… pay it forward.
When I’m not blogging I enjoy reading, biking, painting (oil), and hanging out with friends. Oh, and I’m a political junkie. So not surprisingly, I’m involved with various social justice groups, including RESULTS (anti-poverty: helping people to help themselves) and Common Cause (getting the corrupting influence of money out of politics).
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and my kitties.