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Pumpkins & Pronouns

Celebrate International Pronouns Day 2022 with us! Community, candy, and crafts for all!

A previous year’s blog post included some slides to help folx learn more about what pronouns are, how they’re used, and why they’re important. View that post here: https://blogs.cofc.edu/wgsconnect/2020/10/21/pronouns-day-2020/.

From the International Pronouns Day website:

International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

 

Interested in participating? Glean some ideas from International Pronouns Day. Some of our favorite ideas and tips include:

  • Use the #PronounsDay hashtag on social media posts
  • Remember to center the voices of trans folks, including trans folks, women, people of color, etc.
  • Invite members of the community to individually share resources and thoughts on social media about the importance of using the correct pronouns for people.
  • Post your own pronouns on social media.
  • Create a poster campaign on your campus or at your workplace, with educational messages.

What IFF?: Transvisibility with Denver Tanner

In spring 2022, student, Marissa Haynes (she/her), launched a new podcast in conjunction with WGS. What IFF? is dedicated to sparking discussion about making change in our campus community and beyond by centering intersectional feminist thought and uplifting members of our community who are actively moving toward justice, and inspiring those of us who want to learn more. What IFF? WGS Podcast

Today we’re revisiting What IFF?’s initial episode where Marissa interviews fellow CofC student, Denver Tanner (they/them). They discuss activism, trans rights and mental health, and so much more. Read a brief excerpt from the episode, and click over to What IFF? to listen to the entire interview!

Excerpt from What IFF?, episode 1 – Transvisibility with Denver Tanner:

MH: How do you feel like the classes that you’ve taken, or the work that you’ve done has prepared you for the life that you dream of?

DT: I think it definitely has . The College has provided me so many great opportunities. I’m actually this year, joining the gardening club, so we’re circling back to the learning how to grow your own food with that one. But academically, one of my favorite projects was my anarchy capstone with Dr. McGinnis for my political science end of the year project. I wrote a thesis paper called Be Gay, Do Crime: An Analysis of Queer Anarchy.

MH: Okay, wow, love that. Queer anarchy? Can you expand on that.

Denver TannerDT: Yes, definitely. So, queer anarchy is, in essence, studying how your identity as a gay person or a trans person, is an act of rebellion against the state. So, for example, in my research for this paper, I learned that the City of Charleston, back in the seventeenth century, used to outlaw dressing of an opposite sex, which obviously is transphobic inherently but even racist as it dates back to origins and not allowing people of a different socioeconomic class to dress as if they were wealthier.

MH: Wow! I love that, too, because what you’re talking about is that this innate just being and walking in life is activism, right? Like, walking and existing as a queer person. That in and of itself is activism. I wanted to ask you: What does it mean to be an activist? What does it take to be an activist?

DT: What a great question! Because if you asked me that a couple weeks ago I would have said, “Oh, I don’t know. I’m not an activist.” But now that I sit here and have this dialogue with you and think about my college experiences and what motivates me every day. I realize: to be an activist, you really just have to care about something. You have to have an identity with something and a passion. And I think activism is much simpler than we perceive it to be, and it really can be a part of your everyday life, just like Women’s and Gender Studies.

Come out on October 11th to the Barnet Courtyard for a celebration of LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day!

Spring 2022 WGS Course List

Explore our spring 2022 course options below!

 

Need an advising appointment? Reach out to Dr. De Welde (deweldek@cofc.edu) or Dr. Curtis (curtisc@cofc.edu).

Spring 2021 Course Types Cheat Sheet

Curious about the different course type offerings for next semester? Looking to better understand the difference between asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid courses? See below for a handy guide (thanks to the Psychology department for forwarding us this template!).

Class cheat sheet detailing the different online class options

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