Flow n Flux #3: Gender and Sex

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Flow n Flux is a new discussion group which invites collective thinking and works to build a community within the CHASE Feminist Network. Held once a month, each workshop will explore a different theme and include a selection of texts, videos, and/or music as a stimulus for discussion.

We engage with feminist consciousness raising pratices, sharing personal experiences in order to reflect on structural power within society and explore where feminist hope lies. Each week will incorporate participatory exercises, ranging from crafts to theatre to writing. However, everyone is free to be involved with as much or as little as they feel comfortable!

For January’s Flow n Flux meeting we will be looking at the differences between gender and sex; critically reflecting on gender expression and stereotypes associated with gender and sex; and creatively interogating performance as a tool for representation and exploration of gender.

In preparation we would like you to reflect on your thoughts around the texts and links listed below. However, we would like to emphasise that you are still more than welcome to attend even if you are unable to engage with the works below in advance of the session.

Register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flow-n-flux-3-gender-and-sex-tickets-89209615361

TEXTS AND LINKS

From Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society and Neurosexism Create Difference (2010), we will be looking at the ‘Introduction’ and the first short chapter ‘Half-Changed World’, Half Changed Mind’. A PDF OF THIS TEXT WILL BE SENT OUT TO YOU AFTER REGISTRATION.

In Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (2010) by Kate Bornstein we will be exploring ‘Chapter Two: The Hard Part’. A PDF OF THIS TEXT WILL BE SENT OUT TO YOU AFTER REGISTRATION.

During the session we will watch a few clips from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 1, episode 1, you can access it here in advance: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07l5qvv/rupauls-drag-race-uk-series-1-episode-1

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