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ERIC Number: EJ1026836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Teaching Sex, Gender, Transsexual, and Transgender Concepts
McGrath, Karen
Communication Teacher, v28 n2 p96-101 2014
As many gender teachers know, distinctions between and among complex terms in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (gender or sexual), queer (LGBTQ) group are often difficult for students to articulate and identify. In fact, terms like "sex" and "gender" are often conflated in public discourse, and terms like "transgender" and "transsexual" are often erroneously used and people misrepresented, and thus difficult for students to distinguish, especially when knowledge is often derived from media discourse. The teaching activity described in this article tackles these difficulties by emphasizing the importance of conceptual clarity in discussing gender identity. The objective of this activity is to engage students in mediated gender experiences in order to examine the differences and complexities of gender and its related concepts. Specifically, students will be able to distinguish sex and gender, transgender and transsexual, and sexuality and gender; identify and clarify common misperceptions about various lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (gender or sexual), queer people (LGBTQ); and promote civil discourse. References and suggested readings are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A