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Feminist Salon: Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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This year we invite Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, author and illustrator of What Makes a Baby and Sex is a Funny Word.

Silverberg and Smythe set out to publish a book that tells a very different story of reproduction than the ones kids are currently told and started a Kickstarter campaign for 9,500 dollars to make it happen.  It’s a story that decenters heterosexual reproduction and the gender rules that so often accompany it. After 30 days they amassed 65,000 dollars, indicating that there was a sizable population out there seeking a very different kind of story telling for kids about reproduction, gender and sexuality than even they had realized:


They produced What Makes a Baby to wide acclaim and then after Sex is a Funny Word, a markedly different take on intimacy and sexuality than had been available before. The book takes gender, sexuality and selfhood from very different starting points than most children’s books and introduces a grammar of intimacy that speaks to the goals of social movements, social researchers and the diverse lives of people like those who donated funds to bring these books into being.

How do we as sociologists make sense of these new innovations in social thought and practice?  What implications do these new articulations have for the way we teach about gender and sexuality as a discipline and as a department?

Please come hear Cory and Fiona talk about their work, and ask questions of them that help refine, transform and expand our sociological thinking and teaching.

Please RSVP for food #s:  jtaylor@chass.utoronto.ca


March 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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