Weekly Feminist Happenings January 28th to February 3rd

Changing Sex

Tuesday, January 28th

Rally for Equality: The Legislature begins session and we need to show them what Utah values really are: equality and fairness. Come show your support for marriage equality and non-discrimination. Details: Starts at 5 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol (350 North State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah).

Wednesday, January 29th

Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis: Americans see water as abundant and cheap: We turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop – the lawn. Yet many Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food and produces our electricity. And most don’t realize their freshwater sources are in trouble. In her talk Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America, award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett describes an illusion of water abundance that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. She proposes the most important part of the solution is a shared water ethic among citizens, government and major water users. Details: From 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the S.J. Quinney College of Law (332 S. 1400 E.).

Friday, January 31st

Changing Sex/Changing Sexuality — Reimagining the Mutability of Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation in Science and Law: Historically, the law has embraced popular understandings of sex and gender as set at birth, binary in nature, common to all people, and unchangeable across the lifespan. In turn, the law has cast individuals who deviate from this vision as mentally ill, emotionally unstable, and unworthy of legal protection. At the same time, the law has long viewed homosexuality as a behavior or choice, and therefore sought to prevent lesbians and gay men from recruiting others into a deviant “lifestyle.” The LGBT movement has countered this claim by insisting that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be chosen, changed, or controlled.

This Symposium brings together scholars from a broad range of disciplines including biology, anthropology, psychology, cultural studies, and law to explore the significance of change and variation in scientific and legal understandings of sex and sexuality and the implications of these understandings for LGBT rights.

Details: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required. Register here.


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