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Heading into the unknown

Lizzie Maughan, Flinders University I saw a meme the other day and it said, “Be the person you needed when you were younger”.  It’s a bit cheesy in the way that these earnest memes always are, but it might also be what’s at the heart of my research. I was a gender non-conforming kid.  People […]

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Transgender families on screen

Dr Jennifer Power, La Trobe University  In recent years celebrity and popular culture has delivered stories about transgender people and their families with an increasing level of sophistication and nuance. This is patchy of course (I am not going to talk aboutCaitlin Jenner and the Kardashianshere, plenty of people have done this), but there are […]

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TASA 2018 – Special Sessions

Dear G&S thematic group members, It is that time of the year – the time when we wonder what we will present at TASA in November. These are due on June 4th, which is coming up sooner that will seem possible. This year we are pleased to announce two special sessions you may wish to […]

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TASA 2018 – Precarity, Rights and Resistance

TASA 2018 Precarity, Rights and Resistance. SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN, CLICK HERE CONFERENCE FLYER The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Arts and Education, The Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University are all happy to invite you to the 2018 TASA Conference at our Burwood Campus in Melbourne. […]

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Macquarie University Research Fellowship Scheme

The Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF) Scheme for 2019 is now open for formal Expressions of Interest. Macquarie University (in Sydney, Australia) is offering up to 10 full-time Research Fellowship positions commencing in 2019. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be fixed-term for three years. Applicants must have been awarded their […]

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The Complexities of Researching Gender Diverse Youth

Benjamin Pinkard, University of Tasmania As with any research project, one requires a solid grounding; a network of dedicated and connected contributors; and a lot of motivation to get you through the ebbs and flows. I may have been somewhat naïve to the challenges that have presented themselves during the development of this research project, […]

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TASA 2017

Tomorrow marks the start of the 2017 TASA Conference: Belonging in a Mobile World, hosted by The University of Western Australia in Perth. Below are some links that may come in handy for those who are attending, or those who are following along at home. We will be updating Twitter and Facebook with information throughout the […]

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Absent men: paid domestic work, sexual exploitation and male domination in the family in the USA

Catherine Weiss, RMIT University Paid domestic work is a significant source of employment worldwide, particularly of women (at a minimum estimate, it comprised 7.5% of all paid female employment in 2011), and sexual abuse is commonly reported by women engaging in this activity. Despite this, little discussion of the sexual abuse of domestic workers as […]

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The Benchmark Sociologist

Dr Lucy Nicholas, Swinburne University  The TASA 2016 conference held at ACU Melbourne was in many ways one of the most inspiring for gender and sexualities scholars, marking the first year of the Genders and Sexualities Special Interest Group. The room for this stream was often overflowing, testament to the wealth of expertise and interest in […]

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Could I be an ally?

Dr Yarrow Andrew, Flinders University As a member of my University’s Ally network, supporting LGBT+ students, I think a lot about who becomes an ‘ally’, and why. Despite the name, the majority of us are committed LGBT activists, doing our usual bit for the community, rather than allies per se. Sometimes it can see like regular […]

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Sociologists: Can Your Work Aid People with Intersex Variations?

Associate Professor Tiffany Jones PhD, ARCSHS La Trobe, Australia There is a lack of affirming sociological research on people with intersex variations – those born with atypical sex characteristics (chromosomal, hormonal and/ or anatomical). This is despite the social change the group has been experiencing and contributing to. People with intersex variations have been engaging […]

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Masculinity So Stale: Cultural Narratives of Men’s Sexual Refusals

Dr. Joni Meenagh At the recently concluded TASA conference I presented a paper titled ‘Masculinity So Stale: Negotiating Sexual Refusals in Heterosexual Relationships’ (link to slides). This paper explored a rarely talked about phenomenon: heterosexual men saying no to sex within their ongoing relationships. I argued that the ‘male sexual drive discourse’ is so pervasive […]

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The Pronoun Dilemma

Dr Yarrow Andrew, Flinders University One of my dilemmas as an academic, and one who researches gender issues, is how to enact my beliefs and values as a researcher in my relationships with colleagues, students, and the wider public. I identify as non-binary, which to many people I encounter is a mysterious concept. That means pronouns […]

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Welcome (at last) to the new website!

We have had some enquiries about the upcoming conference. We have worked hard to make the concurrent sessions meaningful groupings of papers, and we will welcome feedback at, or after, the conference about whether this was successful. Each of the five sessions (we have no competing sessions) will have five presenters, and you should expect […]

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Welcome to the new Genders and Sexualities Thematic Group!

(post originally published 09/06/16) My name is Kythera Watson-Bonnice, and I am one of the co-convenors of G&S, along with Yarrow Andrew. It is great to have a thematic group that is more specifically aligned with our research interests. I am based at Swinburne University in Melbourne where I have been teaching a variety of sociology units for the […]

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