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Genderism Made Them "Disabled"

Location: Campus Center Room 301

Free talk by Dr. Yoshiko Okayama. Some 7,000-10,000 Japanese are estimated to identify strongly and persistently with the gender opposite to their biological one. Japan is a society that has little or no tolerance for individuals with gender identity disorder (GID), a questionable term still used in the medical model of disability. In a country where doctors who specialize in GID are few and far between, the members of this minority group are said to be 40% more likely to exhibit suicidal ideation than their non-GID counterparts. With the gender-inclusive facilities debate and the Orlando nightclub shooting still fresh in our minds, Dr. Okayama will look at the hot topic of genderism –- a belief that there are only two genders – from a cross-cultural perspective. In this talk, the plight of Japanese people with GID will be examined using manga characters with GID and discussing the media representation of the sexual minority. My goal is to start an open conversation about gender fluidity. Sponsored by the United Nations Association-Hawaii Island Chapter and UH Hilo International Student Services & Intercultural Education program.

For more information, contact: rcmuller27@gmail.com (808) 932-7467

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