Teacher: Felicity Markdal
You’re a boy, she’s a girl, she’s straight, he’s gay, they’re weird… We spend a large part of our life placing labels on people, putting ourselves and others in boxes, some which feel comfortable and some which might feel incredibly uncomfortable, fit badly, even cause harm.
Labels and boxes are a way for our brains to cope with the vast amounts of information that we absorb about the world and the people in it every day. Yet where do these boxes and labels come from, who decides the size, shape and criteria of each group? Do we agree with these criteria?
In these classes we will look in to the characteristics of these boxes and labels, such as boy, girl, gender, heterosexual, homosexual and so on. We will explore historically where they come from, globally how they might differ, how they might have changed over time, the effect that putting people in boxes has.
We will challenge our perceptions, our prejudices, and our feelings. This will be a space to discuss, bring forward issues, share thoughts and feelings and also think about how to take action to change the things we do not agree with.
The topics for individual lessons will look like this:
- The new Genders
- Girls vs Boys
- What is Sexuality?
- Homosexuality in the World
- Trans/ Bi/ Metro……Sexuality
- Body Image
- Who are you?
- Who do you want to be?
- You and I, and the world we want.
Video, Discussions, Guest Speakers, Role plays, Lectures and so on.