The Center presents "Tomboy" By Lisa Selin Davis
The Center is proud to present author Lisa Selin Davis in conversation with interviewees from her recent publication, “Tomboy.” In “Tomboy,” Davis explores the evolution of tomboyism from a Victorian ideal to a twenty-first century fashion statement, honoring the girls and women–and those who identify otherwise–who stomp all over archaic gender norms. She highlights the forces that have shifted what we think of as masculine and feminine, delving into everything from clothing to psychology, history to neuroscience, and the connection between tomboyism, gender identity and sexuality. In this panel discussion, interviewees discuss their childhood tomboyism and its relationship to their sexuality and/or gender identity; their feelings about the word tomboy (and if it should be replaced, then with what); and how parents of gender-diverse kids can be supportive.
Laurel Burkbauer is a butch lesbian from Durham, North Carolina. She currently lives with her wife and baby son in Philadelphia, where she teaches middle school English and coaches basketball at a Quaker independent school.
Robin Dembroff is an assistant professor of philosophy at Yale University. They specialize in social ontology and feminist philosophy, with an emphasis on relationships between social systems and human classifications. They are currently writing a book about the nature of patriarchy.
Jessie Glenn is a memoirist with essays in NYT Modern Love, Cleaver, Salon and elsewhere. Jessie is the director of Mindbuck Media Book Publicity and currently completing a memoir.
Karleen Pendleton Jiménez is the author of “Are You a Boy or a Girl?,” “Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes,” and the screenwriter for “Tomboy.” Look for her new book “The Street Belongs to Us” (for ages 9-12, Arsenal Pulp Press 2021) featuring the adventures of a tomboy/trans kid on the streets of LA in 1984.
Navy veteran, Entrepeneur and self identified Butch woman (she/her), Karen Roberts is the CEO of Hautebutch, a masculine-inspired clothing line and an alternative to shopping in the men’s department to give us a dignified experience.
Alex Myers is a teacher, speaker, and novelist. His most recent novel, The Story of Silence, was released by HarperCollins in July 2020
Esther Newton is a retired anthropologist. Among her other works, she is the author of My Butch Career: A Memoir, and the subject of a documentary film, Esther Newton Made Me Gay, to be released in 2021.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
7 p.m. ET
$10 suggested donation