December Sex Salon: Sexuality, Disability, and Gender Nonconformity: Turning to Archives of Medicine, Education, and Cultural Production

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/12/2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Date: December 9th, 4:00pm-6:00pm EST.

The Sex Salon, hosted within the Department of Sexual Diversity Studies, is back for 2021 – 2022! Our first event features four individual presentations as well as a roundtable conversation that turns to the intersections of sex/uality, gender non-conformity, and disability justice particularly within the fields of biomedicine, psychology, sexual education, and cultural production.

Please register in advance to attend this webinar.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS 

Adam Davies and Rsha Soud – “Cripping Sexuality Education in a Canadian context: the Invisibilization of Disabled students and Children in Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Canada” (University of Guelph) 

Adam Davies (he/they) is an Assistant Professor in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. Adam’s research involves K-12 schooling, early childhood education and care, queer theory, mad studies, and sexuality education. Adam’s research has investigated the recent Ontario updates to sexuality education, the experiences of gender and sexual minority students and children, as well as issues pertaining to queer masculinities. Adam is an Ontario Certified Teacher and Registered Early Childhood Educator.

Rsha Soud is a Masters student in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph whose work focuses on sexuality education for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Rsha completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Western University where she first began her research involving individuals with developmental disabilities. The main objective of her research is to aid in the development of comprehensive sexuality education programs that specifically target individuals with intellectual disabilities in hopes of increasing safety, preventing sexual abuse and exploitation, and encouraging informed choices regarding sexual health and well-being.

Dev Ramsawakh – “Introducing the C.R.I.P. Collective’s Work Towards Disability Justice” (C.R.I.P)

Dev Ramsawakh (they/them) is a disabled, non-binary, Indo-Caribbean-Canadian multidisciplinary producer whose work focuses on their intersecting identities. They write creative non-fiction, fiction, and journalism. They are also a podcaster, filmmaker, model and horror aficionado. They’ve been published in CBC, Xtra, HuffPost Canada, and other publications. They also facilitate workshops independently and with a collective called C.R.I.P. about topics such as ableism, disability justice, media, storytelling, content creation and more. You can find them on Twitter and TikTok @merkyywaters and on Instagram @merkyy_waters.

Syd Farranto – “The Pathologization of Gender Nonconformity”

Syd (they/them) is neurodivergent trans person who recently graduated from U of T in psychology & neuroscience. Although they enjoyed their academic experience, they also faced extensive discrimination and erasure throughout their time at university. The content of their psychology and neuroscience courses was often presented in ways that assumed students were not part of the marginalized groups or identities discussed. They felt very ostracized as a trans student, especially in psychology courses dealing with sexuality and gender, as I felt that the course content was written for and by cis people. They feel very strongly that trans and queer people should be at the forefront of research on gender & sexuality, and current paradigms in these fields must be scrutinized heavily.

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