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The concept that gender roles are separate from our genders was one of the first feminist concepts that made sense to me -

I was a scrawny boy growing up, I was mostly intellectual, I didn't have many male role models, and most of my interaction with other boys was them bullying me. I joined track in middle school when I figured out I was good at that, but by that time I had no idea how to interact with the other boys.  As all kids do, they were play-acting the roles they were given - Machismo mostly, in that case.  I didn't know how to fit in with 'normal' kids because they all had been given role examples that fit them.  I had Data and Spock and Gandalf, but they're not so good for learning face-to-face interactions.

When I joined the Marine Corps after high school, I had to interact with so many different types of people, many of which I had never experienced in person before. In my life experience so far, for men, it probably had the strictest gender role policing.  For women though and despite the sexism, they got to ignore gender assignments for many of the roles they chose.  I met women who hogged the freeweights at the gym, women who were drill instructors, Machiavellian politickers, lead-from-the-front Sergeants, tuba players, Dungeons and Dragons players, and all sorts of other stuff I had previously seen as male-only roles.

So yeah, between feeling left out by roles assigned to me that didn't fit and seeing others actively reject the roles assigned to them, I knew gender roles were performative and only vaguely tied to anything innate.  All it took was finding the terminology to describe the ideas.

To answer the title question:  I think we all pick and choose which roles we perform and when.  Rarely consciously, and definitely with input from the people we're around and culture we're in.  I choose how much I perform my intellectualism (I definitely toned it down while I was serving, for instance).  I choose what to accent about my physicality by what clothing I wear, or how I grow my hair.  I've come to enjoy cooking and cleaning at home, despite the (fortunately weakening) idea that it's women's work.  

(As an aside: The intersection of sexuality and gender role expectations is supremely interesting - and also frustrating to deal with when you don't quite line up with what's expected of you.)

In a way, gender performance is like Jazz performance - there are rules and structures handed down culturally, but the player's artistry is in the improv.  When you're the one performing, you get to choose which rules you follow and which rules you break.  Not everyone's going to like it or agree with your decisions, but it's not their call to make anyway.
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awesome post, Chris. the ability to examine gender roles and how we portray and relate to them is really important.
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Got a Moto 360 on launch day.  Pile of pictures of me playing with it
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Gonna do an update after the next Tesla firmware update?  Supposed to get the 0-60 down to 3.1 and up the top speed to 155.
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I really hope that was a pun. "Sim-phony Director"!
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"Since 1986 the Colorado Anti-Violence Program has been dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado"
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I can't speak highly enough of this place. I came in for a consult about misophonia and tinnitus. I was given several treatment options and opted for tinnitus-relief hearing aids. I was treated like an equal by everyone on staff, I was given honest and straightforward information, and I was seen within a reasonable time frame despite their full schedules. I've been using the hearing aids for a few weeks now and it's already life-changing. For what it's worth, my insurance doesn't cover hearing, but I was told that many of their misophonia patients have at least some luck with getting insurance to pay for the work.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
I tried a couple of massages before and didn't get much out of them, but after I made my first appointment here, I've been a monthly regular ever since. I sit at a computer desk all day and try to keep up my exercise levels to stay in shape. Before I tried massage, my neck and leg joints were almost always in a bit of pain. Even seeing a physical therapist and changing my exercise habits didn't entirely fix the problem. But since becoming one of Chloe's regular clients, that joint pain is gone - I'm more productive at work and able to exercise more effectively. Chloe's great at making you feel welcome and comfortable, and very attentive to your needs while she works. She'll chat with you if you want, or she's just as comfortable letting you drift off to sleep if you prefer that. If you need more or less pressure, just say the word - unlike some others, if you ask her to adjust, she'll remember! Excellent work all around, highly recommended. I've also got to give a quick shout-out about the paperwork too. Quick and non-invasive (fill-in-the-blank gender section is neat!), and online scheduling rocks!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is a great place for breakfast. The food is delicious and locally-sourced and the wait staff is awesome. It suffers very badly from way more demand than it can handle though. Get in early or be prepared to hang out for an hour. They've got a decent bar if you want a bloody mary or mimosa while you wait though.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
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Moved in about 2 weeks ago now, loving it so far. I happened across the place while looking for other apartments, figured I'd give it a look. Christina was very helpful, answered all my questions, and actually took the time to listen to what I was looking for before showing me around. That was a nice change from a lot of the other places around here. Once I decided on getting in, the staff were very helpful about making sure everything was set for a smooth move-in process. They checked in to make sure I had a moving day set up, reserved the elevator for me, gave me a few tips for getting past the Xcel and Comcast automated systems so power and internet were ready on day one. I love the high efficiency appliances and lighting, and even during gusty winds and single-digit temperatures I was nice and cozy. Great insulation also means lower heating/cooling bills, so I'm pretty stoked about that. On the subject of saving money, the base price for this place is a little higher than some of the other places nearby, but the amenities and efficiency of the building more than make up the difference. The on-site gym is decently equipped and covers everything I need to stay in shape. There's a weekly group exercise class if that's your thing, and there are plenty of specialty gyms nearby if you've got specific requirements there too. (Krav Maga, Crossfit, etc) The best thing for me so far has been the community. Events are scheduled regularly and attendance is good. I've already met a few people I can hang out with! Lots of "working professionals" here so far, seems like a good networking sort of place as well. The neighbors are friendly and open, it feels like a really inviting place so far.
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It's a fairly typical greasy spoon/bacon and eggs breakfast joint. I'd say it's comparable to Sam's No 3. without the "diner" kitsch and with faster service.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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