Week 4: Liberating Gender: Queer and Trans Futurities
Re-storying Masculinity Online Event with Ian MacKenzie, Zhenevere Sophia Dao, Al Jeffery
This is Week 4 of advaya’s course: restorying-masculinity, convened by Ian MacKenzie.
Liberating Gender: Queer and Trans Futurities#
The cisheteronormative constraints of gender harm all of us, and queer and trans voices have paved the way in challenging them the world over. What sorts of healthier masculinities can emerge from widening the spectrum of gender, and breaking the binary?
Is there a role for navigating the distinction of “femininty” and “masculinity”? What are ways we can conceptualise and understand the distinction? And how do we do so while embracing fluidity? In this module, we explore gender through the lens of queer and trans perspectives, and uncover the implications for these on our own mythopoetic lives, and on a culture dominated by patriarchy.
How can leaning into the liminal help us traverse uncertainties as paradigms shift, and help us open pathways towards futures in which all genders can be expressed, and flourish, in diversity? More importantly, how can we do so with disciplined accountability, and care and empathy, and an acknowledgement of our violent past and present?
Ian MacKenzie #
Ian MacKenzie is a filmmaker and writer who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son. For over 12 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. From the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St, he has sought and amplified the voices of visionaries, artists and activists who have been working toward planetary system change. He is most known for his films Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, Occupy Love, and Lost Nation Road. He has studied with Stephen Jenkinson at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2012, and Tamera Healing Biotope since 2015. In 2019, he founded The Mythic Masculine podcast and in 2020 he launched A Gathering of Stories.
Zhenevere Sophia Dao #
Zhenevere Sophia Dao is the founder of the philosophy of Post-Daoism. She has been a teacher and innovator of mythosomatic practices for nearly 30 years, and writes on wide variety of spiritual, philosophical, and cultural subjects. Zhenevere is also the founder of The Transgender Necessity; a platform to help educate individuals and institutions with regard to the cultural necessity of transgender people.
Al Jeffery #
Al Jeffery is an integrative psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and regenerative leadership trainer who has supported thousands of people around the world in restoring connection in their lives, leadership and communities. Al is also a co-founder of Cornerstone; a community of practice restoring community in the 21st Century.