Thinkhouse
ISSUE 10

The gender edition

YOUTH 10 - THE GENDER EDITION

There are two biological sexes, female and male. But there are over 63 genders. Just because you are born male, does not mean you are a man. Just because you are born female, does not mean you are a woman. Today, more and more young people are exploring and pushing the boundaries of gender in an effort to realise their true authentic self. And it’s about time we celebrate that. But, we aren’t all there just yet. Because no matter how far we have come as a society, you can be sure there is someone waiting to just push you right back. Welcome to the world of gender.

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SHON: ON TRANS ISSUES

Shon Faye is a comedian, writer, LGBT editor for Dazed, LGBT charity worker, all round good person and a trans woman. Living in Bristol, Shon is a notable voice speaking out about trans issues and feminism through storytelling and comedy. When it comes to her writing, Shon tries “to imagine that the people reading it are trans people, and everyone else who wants to read it can catch up.” Shon schooled us on some of the most serious issues facing trans people today.

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GENDER PAY GAP

Over the last thirty years, Ireland has gone through a social rebirth of sorts. We have accepted sex is not the dark nasty thing the church made it out to be and allowed access to contraception. We have acknowledged sometimes people are not always happy in their marriages, so we embraced divorce. We have celebrated the fact that being gay is perfectly normal and rooted for our gay friends and family to have the same rights to marry as anyone else.

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WHAT'S IN A GENDER

We come screaming out of our mother’s womb pink, covered in goo and not entirely sure what is going on. So when we are given an assigned gender at birth, our baby selves just kinda go with it. But, what if you don’t feel that your assigned gender is who you are? What if you feel like you don’t fit into either of society’s traditional gender concepts. Well, you just might be non-binary. We caught up with non-binary YouTube influencer, Ashley Wylde to unpack what it means to be non-binary.

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PERFORMING GENDER

“We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.”- RuPaul.

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GENDER BENDING

Gender is a construct, tear it apart!

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