Q and A from the “Does Sex Matter?” panel

Panelists Carey Callahan, Nina Paley, and Corinna Cohn answer questions on “Does Sex Matter? Gender Identity vs Material Reality,” March 23 at the Urbana Free Library in Urbana Illinois.

This filled my vimeo upload limit for the week. I will post links to the first part of the panel, including our talks and statements, as soon as I get them. (For now there’s another recording on fecebook, but I am loath to ask people to spend even more time on that sinister platform.) See the First part of the panel (partially sideways!) on youtube.

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REMINDER: This is TODAY, March 23rd!

Panel: Does Sex Matter? Gender Identity vs. Material Reality Saturday, March 23rd, 3-5pmUrbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium (downstairs)210 W. Green Street, Urbana IL 61801

A transwoman, a detransitioner, and a radical feminist walk into a Library…. 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 – particularly marginalized, imprisoned, lesbian, and abused women – 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

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Identity and Political Power

I keep explaining to my friends that the reason people denounce me is because it gains them political power. This was the case 10+ years ago with Hindutvadi (Hindu nationalist fundamentalist) critics of Sita Sings the Blues: many knew nothing about the film, but condemning it, and me, was part of a political project in India. Please watch this video to understand how this is working in the US.

I keep explaining to my friends that the reason people denounce me is because it gains them political power. This was the case 10+ years ago with Hindutvadi (Hindu nationalist…

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Social Media Discussion Questions

As I’m still (mostly) on hiatus from Twitter and Fecebook, I fantasize about having a real-life discussion group to talk about social media. Since I don’t have one, I’ll do what I always do: ask online, which is why I developed a social media dependence to begin with. Please answer as many or as few questions as you like.

Have you ever changed someone else’s mind on social media? How? Have you ever gotten angry at someone on social media? Why? Do you have online friendships or relationships with people you’ve never met in real life? Has a conflict on social media affected you offline, in “real life”? How?

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BDSM

Mixes pain and pleasure A stage to reënact childhood traumas Also creates new traumas Addictive Fucks with your head Attracts narcissists Breeds cult-like communities Hard to exit Rife with abuse Hurts women Biggest piece of the porn industry Can take over your whole life Not appropriate for children Used to be fringe, now mainstream Popularized by nerds Largely developed in the SF Bay Area Not as satisfying as reciprocal relationship Looks like more fun than it is

I am of course talking about Big Data Social Media. BDSM.

Mixes pain and pleasure A stage to reënact childhood traumas Also creates new traumas Addictive Fucks with your head Attracts narcissists Breeds cult-like communities Hard to exit Rife with abuse Hurts…

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