sreda, 14. marec 2007

How to change your sex and gender in a thousand tiny ways?

The 1000 Tiny Sexes workshop was attended by some very kul people from the furthest possible places - Iceland, Russia, USA, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia. Really, we came and continually come from landscapes all of our own, not fenced by political geography. We discussed gender and sex.

On the first day, we talked about situations which make us feel most reduced to our sex and gender. We countered those with situations in which we can "forget" about our sexual or gender identity because it simply doesn't matter - or is accepted in all its clarity/confusion. The exchange of experiences and feelings that followed seemed to lead to one narrow difference; the difference between situations in which we feel safe and accepted and situations in which we feel uncomfortable, even threatened. Because the latter are really common, lots of us were saying the same thing all over: we feel safe when we are alone, we forget about our sexed selves when we masturbate or have sex, when we are with friends.

The second day tiredness and the bike repairing workshop stole half of the participants. We drew 1000 tiny sexes and wrote down instructions about how to change your sex (temporarily or forever) and gender in a thousand tiny ways...

Thanks to everyone who participated! If you have drawn or written something on your own and would like to submit it to kanarinka and Jaimes Mayhew together with the rest of us... please write and send your contribution to

These are our paper traces:

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