The Gender Games: Juno Dawson in Conversation

Juno Dawson credit: Sophia Spring

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The problem with men and women from someone who has been both

Gender is a contested, confusing space – not just for trans people, but for everyone. Join Juno Dawson in conversation with Matthew Todd, as she provides a personal insight into society’s expectations of gender and what we can do about them.

‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes. Before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. Gender and the expectations that come with it are confused and confusing for everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. Two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.

Juno Dawson is an author of dark teen thrillers. Her first non-fiction book, Being a Boy, tackled puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion, and a follow-up for young LGBT people,This Book is Gay, came out in 2014. Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, GT and The Guardian and has contributed to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on Woman's Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight. In her latest book, The Gender Games, she looks at gender and what that means in science, society, media and culture. She writes full time and lives in Brighton.

Matthew Todd was editor of Attitude magazine from 2008 - 2016 where he won three British Society of Magazine Editor Awards and was named Stonewall journalist of the year 2011. His play, Blowing Whistles, has been performed across the world and his first book, Straight Jacket: How to be gay and happy, has been described as 'utterly brilliant' by Owen Jones in the Guardian and was voted Boyz Best LGBT Book of the Year 2017.

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00.


Name: The Gender Games: Juno Dawson in Conversation
Where: Knowledge Centre
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