In the 1960s, US psychologist John Money promoted the theory of gender neutrality: gender identity was the result of social learning from early childhood that could be changed through behavioural interventions. For Winnipeg’s Reimer family, entrusting Dr. Money to re-assign their child’s gender after a botched circumcision led to disastrous results. The theory has been widely discredited. Other experts, such as Ken Zucker, argue that therapy should be guided by the age of the patient and based on best evidence, particularly that some longitudinal studies have concluded gender identity in young children is “malleable” leading many to outgrow their gender dysphoria by the time they are teenagers. At the centre of the debate are the lives of children and their families looking for the healthiest path forward, counterbalanced by the legacies of medicalization that have informed the experience of so many LGBTQTS community members. Spur asks how to embrace gender fluidity in a society that struggles to disentangle the biology of sex from the social constructs of gender.
This event will feature a performance by Spur Poet-in-Residence Joshua Whitehead.
- General admission: $25
Generously sponsored by . . .
- May 15, 2016
- 3:00 pm
- Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg