What you will learn:

We often think of gender as something real – fixed, firm, and true. The notion that we all “know” what a man is, for instance. But gender changes over time, and this session will explore some surprising facets of gender history – when pink was the color for boys, when high heels were made for manly men – in order to help participants understand the power, flexibility, and personality of gender within their own lives. You’ll walk away from this class not only with some fun facts for conversation, but also with a deeper understanding of the ways in which gender is shaped by (and in turn shapes) a wide range of social norms.

About the instructor:

Alex Myers teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy. Since coming out as transgender in 1995, he has worked with schools to help them support transgender students and become more gender inclusive. Alex is also a novelist whose works explore gender, identity, and history. His novels include RevolutionaryContinental Divide, and The Story of Silence.

His most recent book, Supporting Transgender Students, is a guide to help schools learn the basics of what gender is and why it matters in education. Drawing on his 25 years of experience working with schools and transgender students, this book considers how transgender and gender non-conforming youth experience the classroom, the playing field, and other school contexts. Alex is now expanding his lessons and stories beyond schools and into the work place.
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