Visualizing Sexual Self-Identity; Gender's Big Bang

A session at Transcending Boundaries Conference 2011

Man and women: that's it! Or is it? In 1948, Alfred Kinsey suggested that there were gradations in sexual orientation, breaking the stranglehold of a heterosexist society on the validity of sexual experience. Shortly thereafter, gay people and (to a lesser extent) bisexual people began entering public awareness, no longer forced into the invisibility of the closet. However, notions of sexual orientation are still tied to being either "a man" or "a woman." What if you're neither? Today, transgender individuals are on the forefront of challenging the gender binary. Going far beyond a simple scale like Kinsey's, new theories suggest that the shape of gender may actually look like multiple scales, a colorwheel, or even a "gender galaxy." In this session, join maymay as he takes you on a trip "across the universe" to literally see the sights of sexual self-identity. With a slideshow featuring visualizations of theoretical gender models, he'll showcase the vast diversity of human sexual self-identity both within and beyond either sexual orientation or gender identity alone. We'll explore the "final frontier" within ourselves, and boldly go where no man, no woman, where NO ONE has gone before!

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