If you have any questions, feel free to ask on my ask site: http://fyseq.tumblr.com/ask, though check out http://fuckyeahsexeducation.tumblr.com/FAQ!
Discussion topic: what is gender? How do you know what your gender is? When did you first have the feeling of having a certain gender (or lack thereof) and what was that experience like? What makes a person a man, woman, agender, or nonbinary identity?
I sat down last night and wrote up all the components I’m going to make for my felt visual aid for gender.
I’m going to make several different 2D children’s bodies, I think I’m going to start with 10. I’d like to have them all have 10 different skin colors but that depends on how many different shades I can find in felt fabric. All of them will be different weights and heights possible for a 5-6 year old. One will be portraying dwarfism, and at least one will not have all it’s limbs. I’m not sure what other physical conditions I want portrayed so if you have a suggestion let me know.
I’m going to make several (I think it’s going to end up being 5) different genital configurations that can be attached. I
I’m going to make a lot of different hair styles, every natural color I can find and a few unnatural and many different styles including culturally specific ones.
I’m going to make several aids like hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, canes, walkers, ostomy bag and crutches.
I’m going to have all different kinds of clothes and many different toys and other visual aids of gendered objects and toys.
I’d like for these to show as much diversity as possible so that children have something so visually diverse to play with, so that I have a ready to go visual aid for story telling and lessons where I can show diversity, and so that children can see that any gender can like any gendered object, wear anything they want, have any gender presentation, and any genital configuration.
Let me know of any way I can make it more diverse and also other conditions or aids or any of the aforementioned things I need to add to my list of things to encorporate.
I will be posting video and pictures once I’ve completed my project. I will probably post updates as I’m making it just to show progress and bounce my ideas off people. I’m not sure how much detail I want to put into the bodies as I have so much to make. I’m thinking I won’t make hands or feet, and I think I’ll just make different eyes and mouths that can be stuck on.
i’m going to make some felt visual aids for gender and part of that includes objects that young children would come across that may or may not be gendered by society; ie dolls, cars, books, balls, dress up clothes, etc.
What are some other things young children come in contact with that they may gender?
Submission: Trans Anthology About Inimacy and Sexuality
I am looking to create and publish an anthology about the intersections of transness, intimacy, and bodies. The goal is to create a multifaceted framework through stories and community knowledge that can be a resource for trans people, as well as their sexual and/or romantic partners. Examples of navigating complex experiences of intimacy are an area that needs a stronger voice, as the predominant representation of sexuality is through a cisgender perspective. Trans people often lack the voices of shared experience they need to express and understand their own narrative of sexuality. If society is to ever take trans individuals seriously as people to form intimate relationships with, or if any trans person has ever felt a lack of guidance in developing new means of intimacy, then this kind of knowledge needs to be created and shared.
Please submit a personal narrative, reflection/opinion, or dialogue/discussion.
Some thematic suggestions for a submission are, though by no means limited to:
- Language surrounding bodies, yours and others
- Touch and sensation
- Communication around needs
- Social expectations
- Sex and sex toys
- Positive/Affirming experiences
- Negative experiences
- Major personal or shared breakthroughs, such as perspective or experience of intimacy
Submissions should short, about 4-12 pages, though more or less is acceptable. People of all gender identities are encouraged to submit! I’m looking for a range of perspectives. Submissions will not be edited in their content, only their format. Please bear this in mind when you submit your piece.
Email submissions by 09/01/2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a little about yourself so that your writing can be contextualized, as well as how you would like to be credited, as each submission will feature the name of the author or else be listed as anonymous.
I will be attempting to publish via Transgressive Press or Sotto Voce Press. Failing those, I will attempt other queer presses. Should I be unable to publish them in a traditional format, I will release the anthology for free via ebook on Amazon. Sadly, not all of those who submit will make the final iteration of the anthology; however all contributors published will receive a free book or a link to the ebook. Any profits collected from this work will be put into a trans scholarship for students.
A little about me: I am a non-binary Bay Area resident and on the cusp of finishing university. My future goals are to open a transitional housing non-profit for trans people and to be a sex educator, both of which I am actively working towards. In the spirit of education and trans activism, I am trying to put together this anthology. When I was going through my transition, examples of how to interact intimately with others and myself were hard to find. The information was out there, but buried or presented in an authoritative way sterilized of context. I struggled for over a year to find my own way, and only was able to after listening to others share their own experiences. I want to make a reference for people who are similarly struggling. I’ve wanted to contribute to the greater trans community in a meaningful way, something that wasn’t already happening. It occurred to me that many out there would benefit from such an anthology, so here I am attempting to make it real.
You can follow progress of the anthology and learn a little more about me at anthologyadventures.tumblr.com
Body shaming happens to everyone of every gender. I made some of the previous post gender neutral, but what are some comments or body shaming methods directed towards men? What about non binary people? Do trans women or trans men experience this differently than their cis counterparts? How does body shaming affect disabled people, people of different races? What other categories of people go through body shaming and what kinds of comments do they hear?
you’re addressing the class as though they are either boys or girls… /: nb people exist, even as kids
I totally agree. I can’t find any curricula addressing non binary children. I’m trying to figure out how to educate about non binary identities and other aspects of gender. If anyone has any ideas or resources please send them to me!
Because I found out I’m basically going to be given free reign over the curriculum I’m teaching, especially over gender and orientation inclusiveness I’m going through and editing and changing different workshops.
Here’s the current suggested workshops for Gender Identity and sexual orientation for ages 9-12. I’d like some feedback! I’ll put their recomendations in italics and them put mine in regular print
It starts with Gender Identity and Designated Sex
They start the activity with imagining being “the opposite gender” (which I won’t do because there’s no such thing as the opposite gender) and answering these questions:
what will be fun about being another gender?
Basically the points of this is to 1. show that boys and girls can do whatever they want and also 2. begin a conversation about sexism. I need to figure out a way to do both.
Because this workshop comes after the puberty workshop I’m not sure if I want to just flip the two and start this one out by defining designated sex and gender or do a mini lesson on designated sex and gender on the puberty workshop. I think switching them may be easier and I’ll talk to my co-teacher about doing that.
First I’ll explain how designated sex works and about intersex people. I could go from there to talk about how people take that designated sex and gender people by that. I can ask them about what experiences they’ve had with someone they know or themselves having gender and gender roles being forced on them or what they know about in general. We can still have them answer the questions on if boys are girls should dress differently, or act differently and what kind of messages they get about that. Then we can talk about how people treat others based on their perceived gender and about sexism. Then we can talk about how some people don’t identify with the sex people assign them. We can ask them how they know what gender they are, and what life may be like if they don’t identify with their designated sex or if they’re intersex.
What’s missing from this? How does everyone feel about this? What kind of activites about this would be good for this age group?
they start by writing down different orientations and asking what people know or associate with them. That’d be kind of really difficult to do with how many orientations there are, What’s a way we could do this activity? We also need to explain romantic orientation. Pretty much all they have down is “lets define LGBT, how do people know what their orientation is, and is it possible to tell what orientation people are?” What else do we need to cover? What kind of activities could we have?