What is the difference between sex, gender, and sexuality?
Sex is biological; gender is socially defined and reflects “roles” we undertake; sexuality is the expression of our erotic sensibilities.
How would you define identity?
Identity is the fusion of biological, cultural and social constructs through which we express our individuality, and represent ourselves to others.
Have you had positive and negative experiences with regard to gender expression and/or identity, transitioning, preferred pronouns at OU, etc.?
I have had experiences that no doubt are shared within the community—some pleasant, some unpleasant, some mixed. I want to support consciousness-raising opportunities and teaching moments that allow us to support and build on those positive experiences and protect our vulnerabilities in those more negative moments.
What research or publications have you done on this topic? Do you teach courses on Gender & Identity? Have you participated in events that promote awareness of these issues?
My first major book, Sexual Rhetoric: Media Perspectives on Sexuality, Gender and Identity (1999, Greenwood), was the first major scholarly work to link the concepts of gender identity, media representation, and rhetoric. In 2015, I was invited to contribute to a new volume, Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics (Routledge). The new volume reflected upon emergent themes on this topic: “Historicizing Sexual Rhetorics: Theorizing the Power to Read, the Power to Interpret, and the Power to Produce.” I am currently working on the third edition of Race, Gender, Class and Media (Kendall-Hunt) for a 2018 copyright.
Where can people go to learn more about gender and identity? Where can they go to receive support?
I’m a big fan of the site Miss Representation http://therepresentationproject.org/film/miss-representation/ (embed link under Miss Representation) and The Women of Color Network http://www.wocninc.org/about-wocn/term-women-of-color/ (embed link under The Women of Color Network) as mediated sites which provide support for anyone wanting to become actively involved in supporting women’s issues, as well as great “thought” pieces for those who want to stay informed.