The Gender Focus issue area seeks to provide access to resources that help individuals critically understand the distinction between sex and gender and empower them with the knowledge to fight social inequities. This issue area focuses on dissecting the social construct of gender by looking at self-esteem, eating disorders, sexual assault, sexual orientation and other issues that face the population. In the past, volunteers have worked with Finex House, the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association, and The Male Center.
These intrepid staff leaders will lead you during the week of FYSOP to various service sites across the Greater Boston area. Here are just three of many amazing FYSOP Staff Leaders. Read more profiles on our FYSOP Pinterest board.
We want to foster the idea that words, labels, and definitions are not enough. They do not fully express the complexity of a concept or an individual’s identity. For example, someone who is labeled as gay does not have to act feminine, and the definition of domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. Definitions and labels create stereotypes and expectations that promote a damaging dichotomy of right and wrong. They paint pictures of what’s expected rather than the reality, not allowing individuals to see the big picture of their community around them and who they are as a person.
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