Thursday, February 26, 2009
Gender Assignment: Spoon, Knife, Fork
Before my Intro to Psych class one of my students came to me distraught for she had come out to her mother, and was kicked out of the house.
Her mother took her cell phone and car keys (as if that’s going to make her straight) and basically told her all the cliché horrible things conservative religious parents say to gay children (am I being stereotypical? Shame on me!) The girl is just a freshman in college, and maintains a high GPA, avoids booze, drugs, and according to her even sex. Her mother implied she'd rather her daughter be knocked up than gay.
She slept in the car.
Though we are south of the Mason Dixon Line, it was cold last night—26 with an evil wind blowing.
The girl is tough and will pull through; still my heart went out to her.
Later in class we discussed gender—which always leads to discussions on sexuality. I used the classic Spoon, Fork, Knife exercise where students must assign a gender to each utensil.
Spoon (at least every time I’ve done the exercise) was female.
The Knife, male.
The Fork, well, the fork was TG today.
Sometimes the knife has been TG.
Note: TG isn’t an option I give them; it’s always assigned by the students in the seminar.
How would you assign them?