Title

Gender Boxes: Categories, Community, and Conversation

Document Type

Performance

Publication Date

5-24-2013

Publication Title

TEDxTacoma

Conference or Event

TEDxTacoma

Department

Education

Abstract

In this talk I reflect on gender categories, identity, and education. i highlight how binary category systems both limit and expand our ability to understand ourselves and the inequity in the world in which we live. I share conversations I have had with elementary students inquiring about my gender identity. By making these conversations visible I question the binary framing of gender, consider how to foster dialogue about gender expression, and explore how gender is framed in elementary classrooms and society. My hope is that the talk will sponsor conversations about gender expression and how adults might engage young children in dialogue about sameness and difference.

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