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.
Panel: Does Sex Matter? Gender Identity vs. Material Reality
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.
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.
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?
Have you lost friendships over things said and done on social media?
Have you ever been publicly shamed on social media? If so, please describe. If not, why not?
Have you ever joined in a public shaming of someone else?
Have you ever witnessed a social media public shaming? Did you say anything? Why or why not?
Have you ever reported a tweet or post? Why? What happened?
Have you ever been reported?
Do you say things on social media you’re afraid to say in real life?
Do you say things in real life you’re afraid to say on social media?
Have you ever lied on social media? Why?
Do you “like” things you don’t actually like, and refrain from “liking” things you do like? Why?
Do you use social media for political activism? How?
How would you stay in touch with your friends without social media?
If your friends all jumped off a cliff on social media, would you do it too? (Answer: yes.)
Update: my answers are in the fifth comment below.