Re: Seeing Double
Many transgender people have to deal with a dual identity, having the body of one gender and an internal gender identity of another. Traditionally, in Western cultures, we only allow for either "male" or "female". However, gender identity is a fluid construct - things that at one time where considered masculine are no longer thought to be masculine (i.e., wearing frilly shirts and powdered wigs in the 18th century). Some transgender people manage to keep both identities pretty much separate, others become extremely stressed and make changes to their apparent gender identity, and still others, unfortunately, cannot deal with the stress and commit suicide.
I feel that each person has some degree of masculinity and femininity. Internal forces (i.e., chromosomes) and external forces (i.e., societal norms) influence how individuals express their gender identity.
I realize that this is different than someone being an American from Texas and being a Texan first (or second), but this is more of a complex issue than what many people realize.
To create wiser adults, add empathy to the school curriculum.
- Stories are at the heart of learning, writes Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Executive Director for the Global Oneness Project. They have always challenged us to think beyond ourselves, expanding our experience and revealing deep truths.
- Vaughan-Lee explains 6 ways that storytelling can foster empathy and deliver powerful learning experiences.
- Global Oneness Project is a free library of stories—containing short documentaries, photo essays, and essays—that each contain a companion lesson plan and learning activities for students so they can expand their experience of the world.
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- Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us to talk about one of our favorite subjects: space.
- In the three-chaptered video, Tyson speaks about the search for alien life inside and outside of the Goldilocks Zone, why the term "dark matter" should really be called "dark gravity," and how the rotation of the Earth may have been the deciding factor in a football game.
- These fascinating space facts, as well as others shared in Tyson's books, make it easier for everyone to grasp complex ideas that are literally out of this world.
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