Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Age & Gender: A Safer Space Discussion

"I'm of the opinion that boy, man, girl, and woman are four distinct genders. Hey, I also call myself a 64 year old manand a 26 year old young woman, because that's a true statement from so many angles. But even if you disagree with me, you've got to acknowledge that systemic ageism is overwhelming each and every one of us with its rules about gender and gender expression. Men don't wear dresses. Women don't have moustaches. Boys will be boys. Girls just want to be Disney princesses. — that's just a few of them. Age is built-in to our perception and performance of gender." - Kate Bornstein

It's a common trope that genderqueer people are young; while there's been more access to terms and resources for people growing up lately, it's also an ageist way of diminishing identities and implying that we'll "grow out of it". How does your age impact your gender presentation? Has your gender changed at all throughout the years? Has your age taught you anything about gender, or has your gender(s) taught you anything about age?

Wednesday, August 20, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

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