The Watercooler - Issue #57: The Problem With Gender

From the moment we are born, we are defined by our gender.

From the moment we are born, we are defined by our gender.

Pink for girls, blue for boys. Trucks for boys, ballet for girls. “You run like a girl.” “Man up.” “Grow some balls.” “Stop being such a pussy.” We live in a world obsessed with gender. Some of us are restricted by it. Some of us miss out on opportunities because of it. Some of us are at a higher risk of experiencing violence because of it. And some us don’t feel like we fit in either category, opening us up to a whole new realm of prejudice. And at The Watercooler we’re 100% done. With all of it. Join Ruby Reihana-Wilson, Ray Shipley and Vanessa Yates as they give you their hot take on gender, identity, and fighting social constructs.

Issue #56 is hosted by is hosted by Bad Feminist Alice Kirker. She also happens to be the co-producer of The Watercooler and Basement Theatre's 2019 Producer in Residence. Some of her most notable work includes FLAPS, Run Rabbit and Dynamotion's Monster Mash.

Inspired by many well-known storytelling events held worldwide (The Moth, This American Life), The Watercooler is a platform for people from all walks to tell stories both true and imagined. Storytellers are given a simple brief to share a story inspired by the month’s theme, whether based on real-life experiences or entirely fictional.

R16 - Some content may offend.

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