"But when they continue to question her gender identity - and are skeptical of her response - the message they send is that a girl cannot look and act like her and still be a girl."
Information on a new play by spoken word artists Polar Bear (Steven Camden) about risk taking for children aged 11+
Children's books that deal with the topic of refugees in an age appropriate manner.
An article about literature for children who don't fit into stereotype gender roles. "... these characters and narratives can shine a light into the corners of possibility for children searching for signs that they are not alone in their otherness."
One hundred years ago, people had a very different idea of what it means to be heterosexual. Understanding that shift in thinking can tell us a lot about fluid sexual identities today. “Prior to 1868, there were no heterosexuals,” writes Blank. Neither were there homosexuals. It hadn’t yet occurred to humans that they might be “differentiated from one another by the kinds of love or sexual desire they experienced.”
Translation: Reception Conditions
Comparisons of conditions for asylum seekers in European countries
Translation: What if students would give sexual education
Flemish students from three different schools boycotted the official sexual education week by giving the classes themselves.
An article about Disney's first attempt to include a gay scene in one of its films. “We must see the film industry as a whole become more diverse, which means actively hiring more writers, directors and producers whose lived experiences represent all communities.”
A photo project showing boys who break the gender norms. "The photographic series #aboycantoo features boys aged 4 to 16 in in studio and lifestyle portraits. Each installment celebrates the choices to pursue activities society has often attributed to the female gender." #aboycantoo
Ireland's foremost "gender discombobulist", Panti, shares her experience of the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people. Panti expresses her thoughts on navigating a world in which the simple act of holding hands can be a political statement in itself.
Translation: The lamb that is a pig
First Flemish book for pre-school that deals with identity transformation, a story about a lamb who wants to be a pig.
A film in English from a Danish TV company about what we all have in common: 'We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in common than what we think? Introducing All That We Share.'
An interview with Cordelia Fine, Australian neuroscientist and author of the best-selling book “Delusions of Gender”. In her book she takes a critical look at the science behind the popular claims that boys and girls are “hard-wired” differently, and finds it severely lacking.
A paper from the Scottish Journal of Performance exploring queer performance practice and production
Selections of books for children to help them explore the issue of migration.
A short film made by young people who take part in Creation Station (at Platform, Glasgow) for the Gender Lab artists.
Guardian article (UK) about the rise in children seeking counselling about gender dysphoria and transgender issues.
Xander's video (produced with Trans Youth Glasgow) about his 5 months on hormone treatment. See more at www.allabouttrans.org.uk
How different are clothes for boys and girls......? "This got me thinking about symbolism and gender in a brand new way. We know that our culture expects women and femmes to do the vast majority of emotional labor. What I realized on that day is that clothing intended for little girls is often covered with symbolism promoting that very labor."
Because critique equals feedback: this article questions certain gender workshops given by feminist organisations in UK schools and describes them as too ideological and harmful for young boys.
Resources for talking about gender with schools including links to information for teachers and for parents. Let Toys be Toys is a campaign to stop today's and books limiting children by sticking to gender stereotypes.
Study highlights how children as young as six can be influenced by stereotypes such as the idea that brilliance or giftedness is more common in men
Link to IETM report which "highlights key areas where cultural interventions lead to tangible benefits, and emphasises the importance of a further tier of cultural projects that do not simply engage newcomers, refugees and migrants, but foster interaction and dialogue with wider European society."
A TEDx talk by Jay Stewart on the philosophy of gender. "Equality is not just between women and men, gay and straight, or trans and cis. It's not even about choice versus biology. Jay presents a whirlwind tour of the philosophy of gender with one core theme: a gender is not what you are - it is what you do."
Gendered Intelligence are an organisation in the UK who: Our mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity through creative ways. Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued. We work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25. They have a page of useful resources for young people - http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/support/trans-youth/resources
Translation: Rainbow Theatre
An educational project on gender differences: theatre and dance shows for children and families, workshops for teachers, educational credits for University students. The website is in Italian so to find out more contact: Daniele Del Pozzo artistic director +39 347 3227152 email@example.com
A mother talks about her daughter's love of climbing, running, swinging on gates.....and the sometimes negative responses from the public. "We should want for all our children the kind of sure-footedness that only repeated explorations of varied terrains can provide. Interfering with risk-taking mammalian play imperils our young by undermining their confidence. It also disrupts their development. I have to keep myself from shouting, “Leave them alone! Let them play!”"
Discussion about a new book called Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? (by author CJ Atkinson) which is being introduced into some primary schools in the UK as a resource for children, parents and teachers, and claims to be the first book to explain “medical transitioning” to children as young as seven. It will be published in late January 2017 with angry responses from the usual places.....
Article about generation 'snowflake' and how young people are dealing with strong differing opinions....
A short extract from Women's Hour on Radio 4 with Grayson Perry talking to teenage boys about masculinity.
Artist Lenka Clayton did a residency in motherhood. As part of her residency she made a series of videos documenting the distance she felt she could be from her son.
Translation: Kids, refugees, questions
A video in which British children and child refugees ask and answer questions about the refugee crisis.....
Recent report shows that Scotland's young people are among the least active in the world, despite new measures and initiatives.
Translation: Festival of the Explicit
A festival in Montpelier exploring gender and sexual identity
Tessa is a campaigner for Let Toys be Toys, here she talks about their campaign and why gendered products and marketing should end.
Palestinian artist Mahmoud Hourani's silent play aims to discover why refugees are risking everything to reach Europe.
European Union governments’ policy responses to migration undermine refugee protection and human rights and diminish the EU’s moral standing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
They lived in Norway for over four years. The government said that these children should be moved backward in return queue. In 2014 they were still picked up by police and sent out of the country. Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen apologized to Parliament that the police had been misinformed about which children and families should be first in the return queue. He did not mention that he himself had received detailed statistics every month that showed children who were sent out.
A podcast on the situation for LGBT refugees in Norway. - Anyone seeking asylum on the basis of LGBTI are faced with a demand from the Norwegian authorities that they must reflect carefully around their sexual identity. Who they are and who they will be. Many are connecting LGBTI with shame and stigma, and do not always want to explain the reason when they seek asylum. When they are rejected by the UDI, and information about their identity appears in the complaint to UNE, they are not believed, says Kaja Glenne Lund.
Article (and photographs) outlining a project where children who had travelled as refugees recreated images from their real life stories on theatre sets for a photo journalism project.
Article - including a number of video interviews with children - exploring the experience for asylum seekers living in the ‘Direct Provision’ system in Ireland which is the system used while processing asylum seekers claims for refugee status.
Story of the ‘Good Chance Theatre’ in the Jungle camp in Calais. How it came about, who supported it, why it was needed.
Translation: Children's gender identity: We need psychologists who help people to explore gender diversity
It is problematic that psychologists legitimizes outdated ideas about sexual identity. There is reason to believe that more children had both challenged several gender norms and unfolded more, if society was more open to multiple gender identities.
An Independent.ie article exploring gender dysphoria with a focus on the parents and the impact on families.
Article looking at the theatre show ‘Aunty Ben’ by Super Paua which addresses the topic of drag queens and difference for young audiences. "THE domestic life of drag queens is being explored in a new show for children aged 7-13 that hopes to celebrate difference and promote tolerance in pre-teens before the rot of homophobic and transphobic ideas take root."
The impact of gender stereotyping on children. “…research showing children as young as six have a stronger association between ‘maths’ and ‘boys’ than ‘maths’ and ‘girls’.”
An article about the ‘BBC’s report into the Tavistock Centre – the country’s only NHS facility for transgender children.’
Mary discusses the challenges for parents around gender equality and the impact of gender on children from the moment they are born. “The report concluded: "It is clear from the findings of this report that parents and caregivers in Scotland want to see a more mainstreamed approach to challenging gender stereotyping in the early years.”
This article discusses the transphobic bullying of children in schools and particular issues around using the toilet. “…Ashton Whitaker, a high school student, is suing his school district because students refer to him by his previous name and won’t let him use the boys’ toilets. He, as other trans kids have also reported, has taken the potentially dangerous step of reducing the amount he drinks in order to minimise the chance that he would need to use the bathroom while at school, causing him to have migraine headaches and even faint.”
Translation: “Cottonball” kids might get anxiety disorders
Over protective parents can be a contributing cause of anxiety in children, says Ellen Beate Sandseter. Sandseter is a college lecturer in physical education and doctoral candidate in psychology at Queen Maud Institute in Trondheim, Norway. She is delivering doctoral about how children experience risky play.
Exploration of the cultural difference that allows young children in japan more independence and freedom than their European or American counterparts.
That’s what childhood should be about: getting outdoors and going on adventures, using your imagination to customise the world you see and feeding that appetite for fresh air and fun.
Article looking at the changes in parenting and restrictions on freedom for children away from parents or guardians in recreation time and how this has changed over the years.