Interesting, right? (Love that Nona.)
I think free association is one of the most interesting ways to detect bias and get someone’s subconscious talking. So much of the unfinished work of feminism dwells in subtleties–the assumptions we make about people, our daily expectations of women vs. men, our own internalization of limitations put on us by a society that still isn’t truly liberated. This kind of exercise points towards a sort of unearthing of some of these deeply buried biases and insecurities. So often people are able to intellectualize gender issues in a way that ignores the emotional truths and lingering subconscious biases that they still operate on.
Thanks to Cassie for the heads up.