I listened to a keynote address this morning. The presenter made a few jokes about the ways that partners manage decisions about family finances. On the way to his punchlines, he’d say things like, “Now, I know what all the ladies in the room are thinking…” I don’t remember how the jokes end. All I remember is thinking to myself, Sexism must be, among other things, presuming to know what another human is thinking based on the gender role you’ve assigned to them.
What is on the horizon for feminism? How has a heightened awareness of LGBT2Q+ experiences shifted our understanding about the nature of gender? Does the men’s rights movement reflect coherent concerns about masculine identity? What have been the ongoing consequences of movements like #metoo? This is a conversation about the future of gender in Canada. (Recorded live at Curious Public at Central Library on Monday, April 9, 2018.)
Greta Bauer is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University and an Affiliate Member of Women’s Studies & Feminist Research.
Michael Kehler is Research Professor in Masculinities’ Studies in Education at the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education.
Nicole Nussbaum is a lawyer based in London, Ontario. She has a particular focus on, and extensive experience with, law and policy issues related to gender identity and gender expression.
AnnaLise Trudell is Manager of Education, Training & Research at Anova (formerly Women’s Community House & Sexual Assault Centre London).
Whose rights, bodies, and property are legally protected by the chivalrous class toting ’ladies first’ as a slogan? What hides subjugation as well as moralistic self-confidence? When do you decide to ignore the language and look at the structure instead?
If you don’t approve of society renegotiating gender roles, is it a fair assumption that you presently benefit from the status quo in some way?