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Critical Conversation Café: Gender Dysphoria (Social and Emotional Wellbeing)

The common definition of gender is based on a binary assumption of people identifying as either male or female. This is inaccurate.

COME LEARN MORE ON Wed 24th February 2021 2pm-2.50pm  

About this Event

Çinar Aydogan, LGBTQIA+ Society President and Chrystalle Margallo, Student Union President host this cafe to discuss two sides of Gender Dysphoria- the social and emotional.

Gender Dysphoria is described as a “sense of unease ” due to the mismatch of biological sex and gender identity. It applies to one’s physical appearance and body as well as social experiences in everyday life.

In addition to biological differences (such as people with an intersex experience) and in disagreement with the binary concept, gender is also a spectrum that encompasses a variety of binary and non-binary identities.

How Gender Dysphoria is experienced varies from person to person – some may experience distress and anxiety, distance themselves from everyday life (i.e. not taking part in lectures or spending time with friends) or neglect their physical and mental health.

Not every transgender person experiences Gender Dysphoria, and not every person who experiences Gender Dysphoria undergoes gender reassignment surgeries.

There is an external pressure from society to look a certain way; body image issues and the policing of women’s bodies are no exception to this. In trans* communities, the term “cis-passing” is often referred to when talking about the legitimacy of one’s perception. Some, not all, trans* people strive to be perceived as cisgender. This comes with its own set of struggles, as all humans come in different shapes and sizes.

The emotional side of Gender Dysphoria, which might be dealing with social expectations, anxiety and depression, should not be overlooked. We want to open the floor to discuss strategies on how to make the University a safe and open space for diverse experiences. No one should feel alone in their struggle, and as a community, we want to increase our support and visibility of trans* and gender non-conforming people.

We want to dive into and share our experiences of social expectations, as well as debate essentialism and social constructionism in this Critical Conversation Café.

Recommended reading/viewing:

Please ensure that you read the Cafe Courtesies before the event.

This event is open to all London Met students and staff only; please use your London Met email address to register for your place.

You will be able to join the session, if you prefer, using a pseudonym and although the Café Courtesies encourage having your camera turned on, this is not a requirement for participation.


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