qsa workshop #3: (trans)gender
designed by talia young, firstname.lastname@example.org, fall 2000
- to familiarize people with some trans vocabulary, including:
- gender neutral pronouns: sie, hir, zie, zir
- to make people think about the gender binary system, to question it and also to understand the problems with breaking it down
- to make people think about "how does this apply to me?"
- to make people think about "how does this apply to the queer movement?"
- volunteer alien anthropologist, preferably in costume
- give your name and a brief story of at least one alter ego that you have or have had
- confidentiality: not that you can't talk about what goes on here (on the contrary, please do continue discussions outside of the workshop) but don't go around saying "so-and-so was at the workshop and said such-and-such"
- respect: there are probably a lot of us coming from different places; please respect each other. feel free to disagree with each other but please use "i" statements
- no stupid questions: on a similar note, there are no stupid questions here; you should feel free to ask everything. i realize this can sometimes be a risky position to take, but i think it's important. if you think a question is offensive, you should say so, but that doesn't mean that it was stupid. anyway, we'll see how this one works.
- any others?
- introduce the anthropologist from mars. "it's been stranded on Earth by a faulty starship drive and it wants us to explain gender to it." let the discussion proceed for 15-20 minutes
- let's talk about some definitions:
- kate thinks sex just an act: the only questions are how you'd like to do it and who you'd like to do it with
- others (often biologists) think that sex describes physical/biological differences, like genitalia
- gender: is more complicated than we all thought it was. kate divides gender into the following:
how does sexual reassignment surgery work?
do the gendered/transgendered exercise if you have time
have a discussion about:
- gender assignment: "what do the authorities say i am?"
- gender role: "what does the culture think i should do in my life?"
- gender identity: "what do i think i am?" often conflated with gender assignment
- gender attribution
- how does all this stuff apply to me?
- how does all this stuff apply to the queer movement?
- so we've talked about how binaries can be problematic. can we talk about how breaking it down might be problematic as well?
follow up/wrap up/conclusion:
- go around and say something that you've learned or something that you've thought about or share a story
1: what is queer? |
2: queer & family |
3: (trans)gender |
4: queer sex |
5: gay marriage |
6: queer athletics
7: queer literature |
8: erotica, smut & pornography |
9: queer religion |
10: culturally mediated (a)sexuality?
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last updated 5 january 2001.