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Bea Groves

The Science of Gender (or "Sometimes It's Hard to be a Woman")

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
5:30 pm

Venue: Space Six, Commercial Union House

Male-to-female transgender people still have difficult lives, mostly based upon the problematic diagnosis of terms such as ‘sex’, ‘gender’ and ‘sexuality’ by the dominant cisgendered population. In addition, there’s a continuing scepticism as to the very existence of ‘transpeople’ – are they simply mentally ill, or are they really gender dysphoric?

This session will give a brief overview of current thinking on gender, sex and sexuality from the point of view of an ‘out’ transwoman who has worked in the education profession for thirty years. Be there, or be very square!

Bea Groves has been a tutor in FE/HE since 1980, and President of the Institute of Learning (UK’s professional body for tutors/trainers in FE/ACL) since 2011. She is the elected representative of over 80,000 UK educationalists, is often seen and heard in the media, and is known for her strong views on educational democracy. Her teaching subjects include philosophy, politics, science and history (amongst others).


Bea Groves: The Science of Gender (or