Gender Critical Discussion Group Resources

These topics are in the order our group discussed them, most recent first. In our group, the conversation has been spontaneous, enthusiastic, and wide-ranging, but the questions are available to spark discussion if needed.

What ‘Gender Critical’ Means to Me — Miranda Yardley

Optional:
Podcast

Discussion questions:

  1. Miranda writes, “Being gender critical is not incompatible with being transsexual.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
  2. What does Miranda mean by saying that gender is “a harmful social construct, a hierarchy” is “a moral argument”?
  3. Do you agree that “the existence of intersex does not pull the rug” from under sexual dimorphism? Why or why not? What is the science?
  4. What do you think of Miranda’s closing statement: “Think of it like this: how liberating would it be for a human being to not have to exist with contradictory ideas in their heads?” Does it relate just to transgender and if not, what else could it apply to?

Women’s March and Inclusivity

Women’s March on Washington Has Been Hijacked – NY Times
The Somehow Controversial Women’s March – The New Yorker

Discussion questions:

  1. Did you go to the Women’s March? Why or why not?
  2. How did the reality of the march measure up to your expectations prior to the event?
  3. How did you feel “the morning after”?
  4. What do you see as the most critical women’s issues to address?
  5. If you had organized the march, what would you have done differently?

Nonbinary?

Sam Escobar: How I told the world I’m neither a man nor a woman
Susan Cox: Coming out as ‘non-binary’ throws other women under the bus
Rebecca Reilly Cooper: “Gender is not a binary, it’s a spectrum”: some problems

Discussion questions:

  1. What are the factors that cause Sam Escobar to decide that she is “queer” or “nonbinary”? Do you share any of her experiences, thoughts or feelings?
  2. Rebecca Reilly Cooper says, “In reality, everybody is non-binary. Nobody is a one-dimensional gender stereotype. We all of us actively participate in some gender norms, passively acquiesce with others, and positively rail against others. So to call oneself non-binary is in fact to create a false binary, and to position oneself on the superior side of that binary.” Do you agree with this analysis? Why or why not?
  3. She also asks, “If gender is a spectrum, and your gender identity can be anywhere along that spectrum, why modify your body to make it more closely resemble that of the opposite sex?” Have you heard people attempt to answer that question, and what have they said? Do you agree with their reasoning?

Testo Junkie – Beatriz Preciado

Discussion questions:

  1. The author begins taking testosterone “on the day of your death.” Whose death do you think she is referring to?
  2. What do you think Preciado means by “molecular revolution”?
  3. Does “pharmacopornographic capitalism” seem like a good thing to you? Why or why not?
  4. Do you agree that “male and female only exist as biopolitical fictions”? Why or why not?
  5. What would “a new sexual and affective platform that is neither male nor female” look like?

They said this would never happen!

Male liberal staffer “pretended to be a woman” to win student executive position
Lavender Blume: How men are using gender identity to deny male privilege

What is gender anyway?

“What is gender, anyway?” by Sarah Ditum.
Discussion questions:

  1. Do you think gender exists? If so, what is your definition?
  2. What is your experience of the relationship between sex and gender?
  3. Do you think there are male brains and female brains? Why or why not?
  4. What are the implications of brain sex theory for women’s equality?


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