Please join USM's Women & Gender Studies Program and USM's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity for a talk with Julia Serano as a part of the WGS Women's History Month celebration.
Exclusivity is a daunting problem within feminism and queer (i.e., LGBTQIA+) activism. Some feminists vocally condemn other feminists because of their manner of dress, interests, or for the sexual partners or practices they take up. There is a long history of lesbian and gay activists who outright dismiss bisexuals, transgender people, and other gender and sexual minorities. In general, these and other instances of exclusion arise when we prioritize one or a few forms of sexism and marginalization over all others - this inevitably results in far smaller movements with far more narrow and distorted agendas.
In this talk, Julia discusses numerous strategies that she forwards in her book "Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive" that empower us to challenge all forms of sexism and marginalization, even those that we may be unaware of or less familiar with. These strategies include recognizing natural variation in sex, gender, and sexuality, and that people are fundamentally heterogeneous; moving beyond fixed views of sexism and marginalization that deny many individual’s unique situations, experiences, and perspectives; and learning to more generally recognize double standards, double-binds, and methods of invalidation that are routinely used to undermine minorities and marginalized groups.
This talk is free and open to the public.
This event is cosponsored by USM's Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council, USM's Queer Straight Alliance, EqualityMaine, and Portland Outright.