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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!
I’m making a list of resources for parents of non-gender conforming kids (especially Designated Male at Birth children who would be labeled “feminine” by society). Send me your recommendations! They can be in any format!
Ugh one of the OWL activities is a “gender change exercise” where you imagine being a different gender.
How can I do this in a way that’s not totally offensive to trans and intersex people?
I don’t know how much leeway I’m given and how much I can go into transgender identities but one thing I can think of is to make different cards, “cisgender man” “cisgender woman” “trans man” “trans woman” “genderqueer” “agender” etc. and everyone has to draw one they are not and talk about how their experiences may differ. IDK that’s the only thing I can think of. Keep in mind this is for children age 9-12
You know what’d be a fun activity for younger kids on gender roles, stereotypes, and identity? Have a bunch of felt things like sports, dolls, the color blue or pink, or other things that our society genders and put it in felt boxes. Then have a third box where you put in bits and pieces from both boxes. You focus on the fact that things and actions don’t have gender. Then you can talk about “what makes a boy” and “what makes a girl” and bounce off of that to talk about trans people and intersex people. To continue with that we could have them create people with different genitals/bodies and have them dress them certain ways and give them a box with certain things and then give them a label and show that any body with any clothing and any box can have any gender.
OOH and I can add gender things from different cultures to be inclusive and show cultural differences like the hijab.
I like visual aids
and making things out of felt. I always thought it was magic as a kid when the teacher would create things with felt on a felt background and they would stick… I was an easily amused child.
What do y’all think?