Saturday, March 23rd, 3-5pm
Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium (downstairs)
210 W. Green Street, Urbana IL 61801
A transwoman, a detransitioner, and a radical feminist walk into a Libraryâ€¦. Speaking from different perspectives on modern gender identity politics, these three panelists agree that all people broadly deserve civil rights protections. But should gender identity replace sex as a legal category? Women â€“ particularly marginalized, imprisoned, lesbian, and abused women â€“ pay the highest price for this trend, as sex-based protections and resources are rolled back in the name of “inclusivity.”
Despite their unwavering support for individual expression, each speaker has faced repercussions for critically analyzing gender identity, including threats of violence, professional blacklisting, and loss of friendships. They join for this event in the hope it will encourage wider civil and respectful discussion.
No lives will be harmed or erased while exploring these topics.
Corinna Cohn is an adult transsexual from Indianapolis. Having undertaken hormone therapies and sex reassignment surgery as a teenager, Corinna addresses the responsibilities accrued by a male inhabiting the social role of women, and what young people should know before making an irreversible commitment to transition.
Carey Callahan is a detransitioned woman and family therapist from Ohio. She explores the role of sexism in the rise of youth referrals for gender dysphoria and the portrayal of detransitioners in the media.
Nina Paley is an animator from Urbana, best known for feature films Sita Sings the Blues and Seder-Masochism. An outspoken critic of both censorship and sexism, she has been no-platformed and blacklisted locally and abroad for saying penises are male.
Traci Nally is Executive Vice President & General Counsel for News-Gazette Media. For over 30 years, she has worked in the areas of defamation, access to public records and meetings, protection of reporters’ newsgathering privileges, and other first amendment and free speech related matters.
This program is not sponsored by The Urbana Free Library.
fecebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1089114847927752/
website link: https://blog.ninapaley.com/does-sex-matter/
3 thoughts on “Panel: Does Sex Matter? Gender Identity vs. Material Reality”
Interesting. I hope a video can be safely available sometime, as I can’t attend.
I find a lot of discussions on gender & sex & nonsense get trapped in semantic circles. The words mean different things to different people, or they percieve a word meant in one context as a meaning in anothey. Starting with a shared definition of terms could help.
It sounds like the repercussions for the panellists sucked. Respect is key on all sides. Trying to find truth will be seen by some as a personal attack where none is intended.
Here is video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05X3n6-8fz0&t=91s