Interview By Fabulously Feminist with Marilyn Roxie on Modern Times Bookstore Collective

Via Fabulously Feminist:

As we shift into this new year, Keena and I have been looking towards the future of Fabulously Feminist, and her mother-venture, Engage Space. I am excited to tell you that we are developing the foundations of a community arts and residency program, which has sparked a flurry of research! We want to share and promote the amazing spaces, organizations and projects we discover along the way. Back in November we introduced you to A Southern Woman’s Bookstore – the 13th bookstore in the entire United States. This month, we are proud to feature Modern Times Bookstore Collective, based in San Francisco, California. Marilyn Roxie answered our questions about the collective and their community in the Mission District.

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Is It a Boy or a Girl? Improving Media Coverage Beyond the Binary


Sunday, March 25 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Join us for a radio-style program on how the media covers non-binary and non-conforming gender and what we can do to make that coverage better.

Hosted by Avory Faucette of QueerFeminism.com and Radically Queer, and featuring guests with expertise in gender-neutral parenting, non-binary identities, and media coverage of transgender issues, we’ll be looking closely at some misunderstandings the media makes and how feminists can take action to educate and improve coverage.  We’ll consider topics including major media coverage of gender-neutral parenting and education in 2011, the media’s refusal to take supermodel Andrej Pejic’s stated identity seriously, and what articles on genderqueer and other identities get right and wrong.  We’ll also be talking about the best way to cover less familiar gender identities, how journalists can describe gender in a way that is less harmful to non-binary or questioning individuals, and how blogs and social media are changing the conversation.

Guests will be:

Arwyn Daemyir, creator of Raising My Boychick;
Marilyn Roxie, creator of Genderqueer Identities and intern at the Center for Sex & Culture;
Gunner Scott, Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition;
Nat Titman, creator of Practical Androgyny and the Nonbinary.org wiki

To tune in, join us from your computer at 10 am EST on Sunday, March 25.  A live stream of the show will appear when we start.  You’ll be able to ask questions or chat about the show in the chat room on that page or call in with a question using the guest call-in number listed there.  We hope you’ll join the conversation!

This event is part of WAM! It Yourself 2012, a multi-city event by Women, Action & the Media. For more information about events happening all over the world, check here or email Lexi.

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Tag cloud for the Center for Sex & Culture’s Goodreads collection

The Center for Sex and Culture library collection is on Goodreads! You can follow the collection (books are still being added into the account regularly) and friend us at the link below:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6336591-center-for-sex-culture

A project that I just finished setting up for the Center – please check it out if you’re into books related to gender, sex, and/or sexuality. There are still many more books to be added, so this is going to be an ongoing project. I’m on Goodreads too!:

http://goodreads.com/marilynroxie

Genderqueer Health: Mind and Body – Survey Statistics Now Available (Excerpts to Come!)

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An overview of the survey has been posted and will continue to be expanded here: http://genderqueerid.com/gqhealth

Again, I would like to thank everyone for participating! Feedback also made it possible for me to improve the survey in a variety of ways, notably adding romantic orientations and allowing for multiple pronoun preferences to be checked. So far, I’ve gathered charts and statistics from the respondents’s data on the above page, excerpts from text box entries are to come, which will yield some of the best information for helping to determine what is available for genderqueer-related health care and positives and negatives about the experience, as well as gaining unique, personal insights. Excerpts from survey (only culled from those responses marked granting permission, 180 out of the 196 filled-out surveys) will likely be available in early November, along with my related paper for a college class about this topic.

Some interesting aspects of the statistical portion (covers the basic identity portions rather than the health aspect that will be covered in-depth next month!):

  • All 196 respondents listed a country. Residency statistics: USA (152), Canada (18), UK (10), Australia (4), Ireland (2), South Africa (2), Turkey (1), Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Israel (1), Japan (1). (1) respondent listed a continent (North America), and (1) respondent listed two countries (USA / Mexico).
  • While most respondents listed sex assigned at birth (31 male, 159 female, 0 intersex, and 6 preferred not to state), a wide variety of identities appeared under the write-in sex identity field, not all of which ‘corresponded’ to the gender identity the respondents listed, from responses like “unknown”, “both”, “human”, “neither”, to “sexqueer female”, “neutrois” and clarification in reference to the body such as “Male: meaning I call my vagina and associated organs “male.” This corresponds closely with what I expected to find, because I’ve found that, in my personal life and in my research (especially confirmed by surveys such as these!) gender, sex, and orientation identities don’t always, nor do they have to, ’match’ according to general expectations.
  • A wide variety of gender identities, both associated with genderqueer and non-binary as well as man and woman, were covered. Many respondents selected multiple gender options. Genderqueer (128), non-binary (89), and gender fluid (83) were selected most often. There were also a few write-ins in the gender field, including femme demiguy, chapstick femmequeer, and diva-boi.
  • The most common sexual or romantic orientations listed were queer (90), pansexual (65), asexual (53), BDSM / Leather / Kink (45), and panromantic (42). Transromantic, sapio-romantic, and homoflexible were some of the write-ins I encountered here.
  • The preferred pronouns section really interested me. Unexpectedly, They/Them/Theirs was the most often preferred option (80), over Zi/hir (31) and Ey/Em/Eirs (6), with He/Him/His pronouns at 65 and She/Her/Hers pronouns at 64. Many respondents selected multiple options and some remarked that they had no particular preference.
  • Most respondents had not sought genderqueer or non-binary-related care in the psychological / counseling field (the reasons will be explored in the next survey update), at 115 of the respondents. 53 had sought support from a professional and 22 from a support group.
  • Even more of the respondents had not sought genderqueer or non-binary-related care in the medical field (again, the reasons will be detailed in a future summary), at 149 of the respondents. 14 had sought hormones (but not surgery), 4 had sought surgery (but not hormones), and 9 had sought both hormones and surgery.
  • I would like to clarify, for the purpose of this survey I intended genderqueer to be used in its broadest, widest-reaching umbrella sense; not all respondents checked off the ‘genderqueer’ box; many opted for ‘non-binary’ alongside or instead of ‘genderqueer’ or selected specific identities related to queer gender or non-binary gender instead. Some people may identify as genderqueer for reasons of expression / performance rather than identity, others as identity as well as or rather than presentation. I recently wrote an article about the differentiation and relationship between the terms genderqueer and non-binary, for further clarification.

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AFIN Music Conference

Starting 7/20/2009, at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST; 9 PM BST) and running all through the day, to mark the 1-year anniversary of A Future in Noise, I’m going to be hosting a chat focusing on topics like independent music, on-line promotion and radio, and the current state of the music industry. Of course, the chat is likely to run into other avenues as well- I hope you can attend for a fun and illuminating experience! Invites and a formal announcement about this at A Future in Noise and elsewhere will be going out soon, though anyone who is seeing this post is welcome to check out what’s happening on the 20th, and in the meantime, spread the word!

You can access the chat by clicking on the banner above on 7/20, as well as through this link:http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/go_large.php?id=61460143 (the streaming radio channel is the fabulous XWAVE). No account registration is necessary to participate- just pick a username at the outset, and you’re good to go. RSVP about your attendance tomarilynroxie@gmail.com if you can!