Presentation on theme: "Invisible identity series"— Presentation transcript:
1 Invisible identity series Gender Neutral Identitieson CampusMarch 27, 2014
2 What is gender vs. Sex?Sex- biological and physiological, makeup of one’s reproductive organs, assigned at birth (i.e., ‘what’s in your pants’) -Examples of sex characteristics: Women menstruate while men do not, men have testicles while women do not. Gender- the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women. (i.e., ‘what’s in your head’). -Dominant beliefs in American society about gender: women raise children and do housework, men provide for and protect the family.
3 Binary Genders vs. non-binary genders Binary genders- typically falling at the extreme ends of the gender spectrum: either male or female exclusively. Non-binary/genderqueer- any gender identity that falls elsewhere on the spectrum, typically seen as ‘not fitting’ into the accepted boxes of male or female. Note: ‘Transgender’ is an umbrella term that can potentially cover all people who transgress or transcend (go beyond the limits of) society’s rules and concepts of gender. People may be transgender due to their self expression, identity or personal history.” Examples of Non-Binary/Genderqueer Identities -Bi-gender: identifying as both male and female, depending on circumstance -Agender: identifying as neither male or female Source:
6 Understanding the Impact of Gender on Daily Life
7 Gender neutral practices: Transgender Law and Policy Institute Residence hallsA policy that supports transgender students in obtaining a safe housing that is in keeping with their gender identity/expression.Ithaca College, Ohio State University, the University of California, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin.Creating gender-neutral housing options, in which students are assigned a roommate regardless of gender.More than 25 colleges and universities offer this.BathroomsCurrently, more than 150 campuses have gender-neutral bathrooms. This is promoted either through renovations or by simply changing the signs on single-stall male/female restrooms.The University of Arizona has established a bathroom policy that affirms that individuals have the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
8 Gender Neutral Practices HousingBathroomsYaleGender-Neutral suite options for Juniors & SeniorsCurrently proposing for sophomore gender-neutral housingGettysburg CollegeSophomores and upStudents can live in any style housing on any campusNo gender-neutral housing limitReasoning to participate is privateHaverford2 Bathrooms in most individual floorsStudents vote during opening week on coed bathroomsIf any student refuses, the residents decide which bathroom is for each genderBates CollegeSpecific Residence Halls have gender-neutral bathroom optionsBathrooms in these locations are coed