Topics for next time

Some of the other topics which were suggested to us and/or which we wanted to explore are below. While we don’t have time (or couldn’t get the right people) for everything, we’re putting this list up for some ideas.

* Femme and Butch: Across all genders, Femmephobia and the privileging of masculinity  on FAAB people.
* Hard femme! For femmes of colour, trans femmes, and others outside of dominant white cis femme narratives
* Normative beauty standards, ascribed meanings attached to bodies, fatphobia meets gender police, constructing non-fucked masculinities, intergenerational understandings and working with whanau, racial stereotyping of feminine and masculine identities, other models eg whakawahine, whakatane… how do they feel different etc

*Anti-semitism and racism against Jews, spotting and calling out anti-semitism, what conspiracy theories are really saying.

* Constructed desire: Examining who we are ‘naturally’ attracted to and desire as social currency, constructions of desire ad sexuality around stigmatised bodies (such as transfeminine bodies, fat bodies, PoC bodies, physically impaired bodies etc)

* Class. Intersections of class, race and gender: mental health, institutionalisation and abuse, how class relates to what is ‘appropriate’ or ‘inappropriate’, what language is considered ok, what makes us feel ‘unsafe’ and whether we would actually say so or just deal, how much rights we feel we have to exist in any space. Alienation.

* ‘Gender trumps race’
– why feminist scenes tend to be so white
– how we behave in PoC+white relationships
– patriarchy is a colonial cultural phenomina (eg, didn’t exist for māori pre colonisation.

* Sex work is work!

– Promoting workers rights and working against social stigma

– Being an independent contractor, tax, your rights

– The boss is not your friend! Solidarity with other workers

* Intimate partner violence and how it happens in queer and gender diverse relationships

* Takatāpui and Indigenous feminisms, intwined genders, sexualities and cultures.

* Māori and Pākehā identity, interactions and conflict

* Tau iwi poc talk about privilege vs. complicity and strategies to combat complicity on colonised land

*Pasifika ways and beyond Queer theory, White centricism in queer scenes,

* Will gay marriage cure AIDS? Radical queer critiques of ‘marriage equality’

* Critiquing safer spaces: race, class, cis genderedness

– Why do trans women and cis women not work/play together more? Acceptance of trans women as women (rather then tolerance of trans women in cis womens’ spaces)

– sexing minorities does not an ally make

– white feminist models of consent, poly, radical sex

* “But your food isn’t ethical”  food, bodies, culture, racism, fatphobia, co-opting of human trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, body police, food police. Who can and can’t we work with, how welcoming is this space? etc.

* BDSM, polyamoury, lets talk about sex!! Promoting safer sex and educating our queer and trans* youth. beyond 101.

* Engaging with minorities means doing it on their terms: allyship

* Decolonisation and looking at the Idle no more movement

* Including, excluding and drawing connections

– ‘including everyone’, ‘free speech’.

* The social model of disability

* Transmisogyny and ‘tensions’ AKA: oppression and alienation of trans women in   queer/feminist scenes

* Working around issues Vs working around identities

* homophobia, transphobia and misogyny are colonial values.

* Meeting housing needs: landlords, legal rights when occupying unused buildings/land in Aotearoa

* Ageism and political organising: a culture which doesn’t support kids and our elders is a dead culture

* A science forum or discussion of some kind:

– All the racism, sexism, class etc problems in western research/medicine, and work on decolonising and otherwise unfucking these things.
– The idea that science done in a certain way is inherently radical or self-correcting because the point of e.g. the peer review process is to find problems and fix them, and every theory can and should be be thrown out when it turns out to not be supported. In some ways I agree with this view but I am unsure. and also, see above institutionalised problems which a re bound to influence this process even if it is actually the best way to do things! Which it isn’t!
– Maori/other indigenous/PoC science/medicine/research methodology

–  white privilege/ dominant culture privilege and making decisions / judging other people for theirs.

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