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Gender: A Graphic Guide – Meg-John Barker with Mae Martin
December 5, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00£5
Join the author of Queer: A Graphic History (‘Could totally change the way you think about sex and gender’ — VICE) on an illustrated journey of gender exploration in GENDER: A GRAPHIC GUIDE. Author Meg-John Barker will be joined in conversation by comedian and writer Mae Martin.
We’ll look at how gender has been ‘done’ differently – from patriarchal societies to trans communities – and how it has been viewed differently – from biological arguments for sex difference to cultural arguments about received gender norms. We’ll dive into complex and shifting ideas about masculinity and femininity, look at non-binary, trans and fluid genders, and examine the intersection of experiences of gender with people’s race, sexuality, class, disability and more.
Tackling current debates and tensions, which can divide communities and even cost lives, we’ll look to the past and the future to ask how might we approach gender differently, in more socially constructive, caring ways.
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender and relationships, drawing on their years of academic research and therapeutic practice in these areas.
Mae Martin is an award-winning Canadian comedian and writer whose first book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down?: A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality was published earlier this year. Mae has just finished filming her Netflix/E4 sitcom which she created, co-wrote with Joe Hampson and co-stars with Charlotte Ritchie, Lisa Kudrow and Sophie Thompson. Her most recent stand-up show, Dope, focused on addiction and was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award while earning four and five star national reviews. The show has since been turned in to a stand-up special for Netflix as part of their first global stand-up series, Comedians of the World.