THINK Debate - The Gender Agenda

23 November 2016

Helen Lewis from New Statesman & Jack Monroe

Communications and External Relations

Time: 14:00
Venue: Ivor Crewe, Colchester Campus

"What does it mean to identify your gender as "non-binary"? And, more broadly, what is at stake in the so-called "gender wars" of the early 21st century?

Jack Monroe, political campaigner, food writer, and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Essex announced earlier this year that she was coming out as 'non-binary' [Jack still uses female pronouns]. She has become a prominent campaigner on gender issues. In an interview with the Guardian, Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman -- who has often been criticised online for her attempts to find common ground and common cause between varying camps in the philosophical and political battles within feminism about trans and gender issues -- wrote that she and Jack had 'ended up in roughly the same place via different journeys'. 

This event is intended to allow discussion of these journeys. The discussion will consider issues of gender, queerness, non-binary and trans identities, gender-non-conformity, and womanhood in the 21st century. 

Jack:
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2015/10/being-non-binary-i-m-not-girl-called-jack-any-more-i-m-not-boy-either

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/24/jack-monroe-i-want-to-be-treated-as-a-person-not-a-woman-or-a-man-interview-transgender-identity

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2015/10/being-non-binary-i-m-not-girl-called-jack-any-more-i-m-not-boy-either

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/19/jack-monroe-little-bit-male-little-bit-female

Helen:
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2016/05/so-many-teenage-girls-don-t-want-identify-girls-any-more-and-who-can-blame

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/16/yellowface-pantomime-dames-jimmy-krankie-ab-fab

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2015/10/what-row-over-banning-germaine-greer-really-about

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Tickets
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