Deborah Siegel PhD gave birth to boy/girl twins and spent the following five years documenting the gendering of earliest childhood through a very personal lens. While most parents kept baby books, she photographed her children’s clothing, toys, and play on a Tumblr blog, tracking their development as they grew into gendered beings. During those same years, the transgender movement took the media by storm, with conversations about gender-creative kids, gender-variant teens, and transgender young adults filling headlines and Facebook feeds. What she found in her own petrie dish surprised her, and she found herself questioning her own deep-seated assumptions as a feminist scholar. In this talk, Siegel celebrates gender as a spectrum, even as she questions what’s behind the latest push to churn out “gender-perfect” kids.
In this talk, frequently booked on campus, Deborah tackles the unfinished business of feminism across generations. Older and younger feminists are often depicted at odds, with elder feminists cast as relics of a bygone era and younger feminists portrayed as unaware and ungrateful of the work their mothers did. But often, younger women are not abandoning the movement, but reinventing it. With a vengeance. This dynamic talk brings alive myths and realities regarding women, sex, and power from bedroom to boardroom; the history of the women’s movement; and the state of feminism today.
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