Fluid States: Gender and Identity

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


"Man up." "Don't be such a girl." "Take it like a man"

When it comes to gender, contemporary culture is riven with contradiction. Increasing numbers of people now publicly identify as feminists and queer allies; similarly, visibility and awareness of gender fluidity and trans issues continues to grow, aided in no small part by the ubiquity of social media. Yet, at the same time, stereotype-reinforcing language and culturally-engrained notions of essential gender difference remain seemingly entrenched, and debates about the legitimacy of trans identity are becoming more visceral and virulent.

In this lecture, Dr Lucy Weir will examine shifting perceptions of gender, identity and the body, using an array of examples drawn from visual and popular culture.

We will consider the work of important cultural theorists such as Judith Butler, as well as the influence of new media and technology on our understanding of gender, identity. Crucially, this will culminate in discussion of the effects of gender stereotyping on physical and emotional health, questioning to what extent the cultural reinforcement of particular types of gender identity impacts on one's sense of self, and upon mental health.
Period23 Oct 2018
Event titleOur Changing World public lecture series
Event typeOther