I recently spoke at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA about the “grey areas” of gender and sexuality. The event was sponsored by the school’s FMLA student organization (a feminist leadership group), and we called the presentation, “Sex, Queers, and Finding Home.”
I mixed up the talk by telling my own story, talking about Genderfork, performing some spoken word pieces about queer identity, and answering questions. Thanks to Sheik (one of my Genderfork volunteers), I have some pretty decent footage from the event, which I’m excited to share. (This is also one of my first ever attempts at video editing, so forgive the amount of time it took me to get it to you.)
Here’s me answering some questions about where Genderfork came from and how it’s working…
More telling stories and answering questions…
- How do I approach someone when I don’t know their gender?
- About my queer identity
- Androgyny and attraction
- Talking about my gender and my sexuality with my mother
And here’s a spoken word poem that (sort of) clarifies my sexual orientation:
More spoken word…
- “My Uncle”
- “God Hunt”
- Reading selected submissions from Genderfork.com
- “Collision” (not safe for work, see below)
- “Chicago Blood” (not safe for work, see below)
The last two pieces on the list are marked “not safe for work” because they talk about sex. This means you probably shouldn’t play them loudly at your office. It ALSO means that if you would rather I didn’t tell you about my sex life, you probably don’t want to watch them at all. Family members and professional colleagues: I’ll let you make your own call here. I’m including them because they were relevant to the talk.
The night was a LOT of fun with a great audience that was so wonderfully engaged it was humbling. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
And speaking of which… if anyone else would like to lure me out to a microphone somewhere, please send me an email: info at sarahdopp dot com.
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