So thrilled to have been asked to contribute to the Belonging, Identity, Language and Diversity blog. Hope you all enjoy a trip around Montreal exploring expressions of gender and identity as much as I did.
Belonging, Identity, Language, Diversity Research Group (BILD)
Bonjour. Hi, I’m Wendy, an Australian anthropology student visiting Montreal as an intern this summer, and now I’m a guest blogger on BILD this week which I’m pretty excited about. I also have my own blog (Wendy’s Out of Station). The research I do includes a focus on gender, which is sometimes a confusing area, so I invite you to come on a bit of a visual journey, and think about gender and identity.
Firstly, gender isn’t biological. Sure you’re born with genitals. Please don’t show me. And perhaps you like to get friendly and intimate with certain kinds of people. Again, please don’t show me. But, like your identity, you learn, evolve, live and perform your gender. You learn what behaviour you like. What clothes make you feel fabulous. You learn what people expect and sometimes you perform that for them. Different cultures have different expectations of gender which can…
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