The Pedagogy and Performance of Sci:dentities

McNamara, Catherine and Rooke, Alison (2008) The Pedagogy and Performance of Sci:dentities. In: Creative Encounters: New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts. Wellcome Trust, London, pp. 174-193. ISBN 9781841290775


Society dictates that people fall into one of two sexual identities: male or female. For some people, though, sex is not so clear-cut. They may have an intersex condition or feel that there is a mismatch between their biological sex and the gender they perceive themselves to be. Catherine McNamara and Alison Rooke describe here a project in which a group of transsexual and transgendered young people were able to explore – and challenge – the biological determinants and medical understanding of sex and gender, and also to express their perceptions through performance. As well as helping the young people to make more sense of their sexed and gendered identities, the project enabled them to communicate a picture of transgendered lived experience that goes beyond limited scientific and medical descriptions.


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