Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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A discussion of Gender, Labels, and NMCI
Dawn Marie Davidson

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Date: 2015-09-25 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-09-02

Abstract


This presentation and discussion aims to bring awareness to the existence of and effects of gender labeling and gender roles on those practicing various Non-Monogamies & Contemporary Intimacies (NMCI). As a jumping-off point, a video on the topic of gender -- created entirely by high school students of the San Leandro Academy for Multimedia and the “Rainbow Club” (LGBT-straight alliance) of San Leandro High School -- will be shown. The video depicts students grappling with societally-assigned gender labels, and visually demonstrates a number of other options available for labeling and claiming gender identities. We will then discuss how gender labeling may affect the lived experience of people exploring or engaged in NMCI, including discussion of a) what assumptions are typically made about gender, gender identity, and gender roles for those practicing NMCI; b) what other kinds of labeling might affect NMCI; and c) what directions future NMCI research and activism might wish to explore in engaging with these questions around gender, gender identity, and/or gender roles.