Saturday, December 20, 2014

Xavier Univ. Workshop Aimed to ‘Challenge Gender Roles’

Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, recently hosted a student workshop designed to “challenge gender roles,” according to the student newspaper The Xavier Newswire. The event, which apparently failed to integrate the Church’s teaching on sexual identity, was sponsored by the Jesuit university’s Center for International Education (CIE) and Multicultural, Gender and Women’s Center (MGWC).

According to its website, the MGWC is committed to encouraging students “to make the most of their diverse interactions across a wide range of social identities,” and lists “advising and advocacy” as part of the center’s purposes.

The director of the MGWC, Taj Smith, reportedly stated:
It is important for all Xavier students to think critically about gender identity, expression and the roles that tend to be assigned to the gender binary of men and women. It is our hope that we can raise more awareness of how culture shapes our gender, as well as expand people’s expectations of what specific genders are (supposed) to be.  (more...)

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