Bringing gender back into peer educationPresentation Transcript
Gender = a construction (that does not have to be awful)“Gender is not physical at all, butis altogether insubstantial. It issoul, perhaps, it is talent, it istaste, it is environment, it is howone feels, it is light and shade, itis inner music, it is a spring inone’s step or an exchange ofglances, it is more truly life andlove than any combination ofgenitals, ovaries, and hormones” Jan Morris Conundrum
The paradox of femininity “One thing I’ve noticed is that universally there are a lot more options for being fabulous if you’re feminine, no matter what kind of body you inhabit. It’s a double standard that’s endlessly fascinating to me. Like if you’re a boy dressing up—no matter how REAL you are—you’re still ‘fierce.’ But if you’re a trans guy passing as a dude, you just kind of disappear. And if you’re flashy, like drag king-style, it tends to be a joke—like fashion-wise it’s not as respected or something.” Wu Tsang wutsang.com
Gender as play“People of all sexes havethe right to explorefemininity, masculinity—and the infinite variationsbetween—withoutcriticism or ridicule.” Leslie Feinberg transgenderwarrior.org
what does this have to do with peereducation?
Peer education is a tool for transmission ofknowledge.And skills.And it’s also one that builds capacities andattitudes.
You, peer educator*, are a role model.What you say, matters.Your attitudes matter.Pay attention on what and how you say.You have the power.*youth worker, youth focal point, fellow volunteer, etc.
There are countless ways how gender comesinto peer education: . the topics you work with, the methodology, how do you appear to identify yourself gender-wise, how you treat people depending on their gender, how you talk about sex and gender, what you wear, examples from life you give, pop-culture references you mention, words you choose, the color coding you assign to exercises, the pronouns you use, if you divide the audience by gender, if you flirt with your audience, the things you choose not to bring up…
please, pay attention! read a lot think about yourself, too talk with like-minded peopletalk with different-minded people read some more experiment rethink your ways apologize, if needed change stay aware