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Cheryl on gender


A week ago in her blog, Cheryl posted an excellent brief Gender 101 entry, covering a variety of topics: biological sex, gendered behavior, gender identity, legal gender, "trans" and related terms, and so on.

The same day, in the Convention Reporter blog, Cheryl posted some background info and further reading for the Future of Gender panel from this year's WorldCon. Sex changes in nature, hormone pollution, numbers of intersex and trans people, etc.

Both entries provide useful info and are well worth reading.

See also Human Rights and Gender Identity, an issue paper from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.


that's a very good writeup of the points that cheryl made during the panel, but does not mention anything besides the foucault reference that the other two panelists said.

cheryl had some good things to say, but should not have been moderating this panel, and i found her assertion that she'd be writing up the panel so people should stop bothering her with questions to be problematic.

also, on a gender panel, i have this wacky theory that the (two) women on the panel should get to talk for at least as much time (combined) as the (one) man. also, that microphones should be evenly distributed, rather than the one man getting his own and the two women having to swap theirs back and forth. (i did bring up both of these points during the panel, and it got somewhat better.)

anyhow. cheryl's post about the panel has interesting and useful information in it, but is not an objective panel writeup, since it leaves out what two of the three panelists said, and i was not particularly impressed by the panel.

This is what happens when you end up on a panel with two people who tell you they have no idea why they are on it. I had a bunch of things I wanted to say, but as Moderator I also have to try to give my fellow panelists plenty of air time. And if they don't have much that they want to say that gets really difficult.

I'm sorry you weren't impressed by the panel, but I strongly resent your claim that I was preventing audience participation by refusing to take questions. Much of the panel was spent taking questions and comments from the audience.

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