Reading Dangerously: Community Conversation on Genderqueer and L8r, G8r


Sep 29, 2022, 7:00 pm

Reading Dangerously invites educational professionals, parents, and the community at large to discuss challenged books and their impact on society. Conversations are informational and participants are encouraged but not expected to have read the book or be up to date on the conversations beforehand. Moderators and panelists opinions and statements are their own and do not represent the views and values of the sponsoring organizations.

Community Conversation on Genderqueer and L8r, G8r

Register for the conversation here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Imy8S7Q5QXkHYK75h-cGdqZBIMLdNAzhWnMWz3io_Lc/edit

The conversation will include a background presentation led by Dr. Kim Hackford-Peer The background presentation will provide background for Utah's sex education laws and context for the censorship of the following books by perspectives across the political spectrum:

1) Genderqueer by Maia Kobabe

New York Times: How a Debut Graphic Memoir Became the Most Banned Book in the Country: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/01/books/maia-kobabe-gender-queer-book-ban.html?auth=login-google

2) L8r, G8r by Lauren Myracle

The Daily Beast Interview with Lauren Myracle: https://www.thedailybeast.com/lauren-myracle-on-why-her-books-top-list-that-america-wants-banned

Next, Dr. Hackford-Peer will contextualize for key terms in this conversation: “banned,” “challenged,” sex (act), sex ("biological sex"), gender, sex education, romance, attraction, obscene, pornography, and grooming.

Lastly, Dr. Hackford-Peer will pose opening discussion questions to our panelists: sex and relationship therapist Kristin Hodson, Rachel Ann Nunes of My Book Cave, Annabel Sheinberg of Planned Parenthood, and school psychologist Laurel Woods.

Some questions include: What age group would you consider to be appropriate for these books? Why? How does your expertise as, a sex and relationship therapist, a school psychologist, or as a sexual and reproductive health care provider shape your interaction with the book? Do you consider these books pornographic? Why or why not? How should the current sex education laws impact books like Gender Queer and L8r, G8r? How does the sexual content in Gender Queer and L8r, G8r compare to the sexual content found in other works of classic literature commonly taught to high school-aged students in Utah, such as Romeo and Juliet, The Holy Bible, and Their Eyes Were Watching God?

The event will then transition to a conversation with the public.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:
- ASL interpretation by request.
- Request any additional questions or accommodations here: https://forms.gle/uV8MABJVvh9bE42F8

This event is made possible with support from the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, Utah Humanities, and Pen America - Utah Chapter.

Park City Library

1255 Park Ave
Park City , UT 84060-0668
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Event Contact:

Caitlin McDonald
mcdonald@utahhumanities.org

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