Gender Lab artist Ilse Ghekiere has been funded to research sexism in the Belgian dance scene. Here is her first article about this work (includes a link to read it in Dutch). "There is a culture that fetishizes our dancing bodies…it might start changing, but that is at least how my generation trained to become dancers: by looking in the mirror every day. It’s a very specific way to grow up, especially as a young woman. And yes, it can result in very unhealthy habits such as obsessive training, eating disorders, a need to control and discipline the body, wanting to be a desired body, etc…"
Guardian article looking at unhelpful scaremongering that young people are accessing gender reassignment surgery. "The most significant dangers to trans youth are not mythical gangs of doctors lurking outside primary schools, snatching unsuspecting children. That is an imaginary threat concocted to create a moral panic in an age in which homophobia is no longer acceptable in polite society. The most significant dangers are ignorance, hate and a lack of vital support."
Interview with Jake Dypka about his new short film in collaboration with the poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish. Includes a link to watch the film which is called Pink or Blue.
Stonewall Scotland report on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people in Scotland's schools in 2017. "When School Report Scotland was first released in 2012, it painted a startling picture of life for lesbian, gay and bi young people in Scotland. More than half were being bullied at school because of their sexual orientation, and homophobic language was rife in schools. Half of lesbian, gay and bi pupils said that LGBT issues had never been discussed in school, leaving them feeling isolated and without support. The finding that a quarter had attempted to take their own lives was a shocking wake up call, leaving no doubt that more needed be done urgently."
An article about the 'touchability index' which shows how we differ on the where, how and who we are comfortable with regarding physical contact depending on country of origin and gender. What is risky for one person may be the norm for another.....?
Translation: By the age of 10 we are fixed by gender norms
Jongen of meisje, geboren in Gent, New Delhi, Baltimore of Peking: allemaal raken ze bekneld in een sociaal aangemaakte dwangbuis.
Girls as young as seven feel they cannot say or do what they want because of gender stereotyping, according to a survey highlighting the impact of expectations of young females.
Translation: Away with 'boys' and 'girls': children clothing at Hema will be from now on gender neutral
Hema schrapt als eerste Nederlandse winkelketen alle geslachtsaanduidingen van kinderkleding. Vanaf eind dit jaar verdwijnen 'jongen' en 'meisje' van Hema's verpakkingen en kledinglabels.
A list of children's books composed by Our Queer Stories each focussing on or featuring queer themes.
Film - Raised Without Gender "With recent victories for the trans rights movement and more young people defining as something other than "male" or "female" than ever before, VICE host Amelia Abraham goes to Sweden - the world's most forward thinking country when it comes to questioning gender - to find out what it's like..."
Experiment on how adults play with children differently according to their gender.
Translation: How We Make Black Girls Grow Up Too Fast
"New research corroborates what black women have long known: People across gender and race see black girls as more adultlike than their white peers."
Daniel Handler, the author of the forthcoming novel “All the Dirty Parts,” has written many children’s books under the pen name Lemony Snicket: "I write books for children under the pen name Lemony Snicket, and I’ve noticed that when I go to Lemony Snicket events, the crowds are about evenly split between boys and girls. But I also write young adult books, and if more than one boy shows up at one of my teen book club events, it’s notable, if not a miracle. Something happens once a young man hits puberty."
Translation: From the age of 6, girls believe that boys are smarter
Wanneer je kinderen vraagt wie er "heel, heel slim" is zie je tot 5-jarige leeftijd nog geen verschil: jongens en meisjes kozen steevast voor hun eigen gender. Maar vanaf 6-jarige leeftijd verandert dat. Dat schrijft The Financial Times.
Translation: The SIRE-campagne about boys? Listen to this nuanced story
Jongens moeten jongens kunnen zijn, zegt SIRE in een deze week gelanceerde campagne. Maar meisjes worden óók niet genoeg op waarde geschat. Om daar verandering in te brengen: het genuanceerde verhaal van hersenwetenschapper Jelle Jolles.
A New York Times article asking 'Why do we limit the emotional vocabulary of boys?'
From May 2017 Hester Chillingworth is LADA’s new Thinker-in-Residence, with a focus on Young People, Gender & Live Art.
An eye-popping documentary series, fronted by a charismatic YouTuber, which delves into modern queer life in the UK. Over six episodes, Khalaf, an articulate, personable inquisitor with a real gift for putting his subjects at ease, goes to interview those who feel pushed to the margins of this apparently accepting community.
The Adam World Choir is a digital community of transgender and non-binary people all over the world. From an album of original music to a night of international performance, members of The Adam World Choir have come together in many different ways. The Adam World Choir is part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2017 production of Adam, a bold exploration of the experience of a young transgender refugee. For the production of Adam, The Adam World Choir will sing together as a mass video choir.
"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."
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: 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.....
A short extract from Women's Hour on Radio 4 with Grayson Perry talking to teenage boys about masculinity.
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.
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.
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.”