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October 19, 2012 4:59 PM Subscribe
Help me put together an engaging and enlightening workshop about gender and sexuality!
posted by whalebreath to Education (12 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I've been tasked with giving a 2-3 hour workshop about gender and sexuality. The workshop is for a small group of people receiving mental health training, so these people are compassionate and open-minded, but not necessarily very informed/enlightened about gender diversity, etc. They will have read a lot about DSM conceptualizations of gender and sexual 'deviance'.
I'd really like some help thinking up engaging or enlightening activities that I could have them do that would help with the following:
-Illuminate the socially-constructed nature of gender (and sex!).
-Provide insight into the lives of people who are gender variant or 'sexually deviant', in order to help build compassion, empathy, and understanding.
-Engage critically with the DSM, and question the inclusion of some gender/sexuality disorders.
-Provide insight into their own genders and sexualities.
I have 2-3 hours to do as I please! I've rifled through a lot of Trans101 materials, but most of it is just information that I would be talking at them. I'd really like to find activities or exercises that would help them engage, think critically, and come to an expanded and more compassionate awareness.