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Panel: Politicized Bodies
June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join UR Pride, U of R’s Women and Gender Studies Department, and Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) for an engaging conversation about how we value, desire, and marginalize bodies that do not fit societal expectations.
While panels are often very academic in nature and full of complicated jargon, our goal is to create a space where we can engage the intersection of academia, activism, and community, and as a result, we are making sure the conversation is as accessible as possible. We encourage anyone interested in how we talk about or think about bodies to attend.
In an increasingly conservative Western society, the prioritization of some bodies over the bodies of others comes to the forefront. Certain athletes are required to take testosterone-reducing drugs in order to compete on the international stage; trans people are banned from US military, a major workforce; protections for queer and trans kids in Alberta are being repealed; Indigenous women and people continue to go missing and are murdered at alarming rates; racism and Islamophobia are noticeably on the rise; fat bodies are shamed and rejected; and disabled bodies, indeed, all bodies, are valued based on their productivity.
In such a world how we think about, talk about, and prioritize bodies becomes even more important. This panel seeks to explore how and why different bodies are imposed upon, and politicized, and how we can have a livable life when our body has been deemed unacceptable.