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Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects *You* - Stillwater

Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects *You* - Stillwater

September 26, 20176:00 PM

French Lounge - 270 Student Union
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
Information: 918/594-8331

Robyn Ochs, renowned scholar on the subject of bisexuality and LGBTQ+ history and politics, will give a lecture on bisexuality and the political, social, and psychological implications of binary labels. Robyn’s talks generally seek to move audiences toward new ways of thinking about identity, and she critiques the limitations of the binary systems we use to classify ourselves and organize our society, binaries like gay|straight, masculine|feminine, black|white, male|female. Her discussions are informed by research in psychology, sociology, and Gender and Women’s Studies and backed by the work of historians and cultural scholars, all of whom Robyn draws upon to make her point.

Recent legal and political developments have expanded the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, but they have also led to some backlash and misunderstanding. This lecture provides an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to engage with these complex and sometimes contentious issues and identify strategies for moving beyond the current political divides.