Friday, April 3, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gender and Gender Equity Conference
The Women’s Center is accepting submissions for the 2020 Gender and Gender Equity Conference to present work related to gender and gender equity by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, young professionals, and community members from the Lincoln area. This year’s theme is: “Changing the Narrative.” Submissions may be presentations, papers, and/or art forms across various disciplines. Submissions may cover—but are not limited to—topics such as gender, gender-diverse identities, equality and equity, empowerment, and resilience.
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Why should I care about gender?
Gender expectations and prescriptions, both positive and negative, have an impact on our lives. These are some things you may want to think about as they may affect you.
- Issues when embracing gender roles: Unhealthy behaviors, relationship problems, and other stress arise from embracing gender roles. Some men - including trans men and non-binary individuals - may experience the following:
- Anxiety and feeling troubled by the thought of being perceived as weak.
- Getting drunk frequently as a coping mechanism, to feel like they have more power, or to mask depression.
- Shame and conflict by not living up to cultural standards.
- Taking risks by having unprotected sex, not using seatbelts, driving too fast or recklessly, not seeing a health care provider, and/or not eating healthy foods.
- Fear of being seen as a failure; and may avoid seeking help when needed
- May, as a result of embracing masculine stereotypes, experience body dissatisfaction, engage in anti-LGBT behaviors, and/or experience suicidal ideation or attempts.
Here is some helpful information to keep in mind about gender:
- Gender is a social construct; they represent categories in everyday language and are shaped by sociocultural process. Gender is not necessarily innate and is different from biology (male/female/intersex).
- Gender can change with cultural and with/between individuals; it can differ by region, religion, class, etc.
- Femininities and masculinities are plural and dynamic.
- Individuals may not identify with any single gender (e.g., non-binary), or may think of themselves, to a lesser or greater degree, as both masculine and feminine (e.g. genderqueer)
- Notions of “feminine” or “masculine” behaviors are shaped, in part, by observations and expectations about what men and women will be like and do. This “gender marking” tends to limit and constrain people from pursuing and/or entering certain occupations.
- Femininities and masculinities can be learned. Messages about both are often found in advertising, media, news, educational materials, etc.