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Welcome to the Not In Our State Summit 2015 at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula, Montana. 
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Monday, November 9 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Boxed In: How Constricting Gender Roles Perpetuate Rape Culture

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Session Description: Workshop Approach: NCBI workshops are experiential and participatory and help participants identify and reduce prejudicial attitudes to become leaders in ending individual and institutional mistreatment and discrimination. The workshops are hopeful and positive in tone, and build community among participants while deepening skills and empowering leadership. Workshop Content: This session will offer an exploration of social constructions of gender and the ways in which harmful gender stereotypes contribute to rape culture. Gender is the behavioral, cultural,or psychological traits associated with a certain sex. These traits are often assigned by society through media messages, family values, school curriculum and more. Gender affects the messages people receive surrounding relationships and sex. Stereotypes form and gender policing occurs along with those messages and creates contradicting expectations of sexual encounters. These expectations can contribute to unclear consent or lack of consent altogether. Enforcing constricting gender roles perpetuates rape culture. It is our hope that through this session we can facilitate a dialogue on gender roles and the connection to rape culture as well as impart skills to respond to gender policing and rape culture. Draft Plan for Session: This interactive training will use a variety of learning modalities including: interactive, experiential exercises; developing and practicing new skills; and small- and large-group dialogues. The session includes the following elements: 1.) Welcome, Introductions, and Goals. 2.) Gender Boxes: To expand gender roles people must first identify the existing roles in society. Participants will brainstorm current stereotypes and roles associated with different gender identities. Next the group will discuss the ways in which such misinformation leads to oppression and contributes to rape culture. 3.) Caucuses: One of the most effective ways to learn how to create inclusive programs is to ask people what helps them feel welcome. Using the diversity within the room, participants will teach and learn from one another about their own experiences of mistreatment due to their gender identity, and what others can do to demonstrate they are welcome and valued. 4.) Ally Skills: Ending sexism and rape culture in a community requires having people with the courage, confidence and skills to respond to misinformed, prejudicial, or hurtful comments in a way that shifts attitudes without shaming, blaming, or isolating others. Participants will work with real-time examples and learn skills for effectively engaging people in reevaluating their comments or behaviors. 5.) Including Youth: Constricting gender messaging starts at birth and bombards people from a very young age. The session will include a discussion of how to be an ally to young people specifically. 6.) Closing: Highlights, goals and evaluations

Learning Outcomes: Upon attending the" Boxed In: How constricting gender roles perpetuate rape culture session" we hope participants will: 1.) Identify and explore their own definitions and constructions of gender. 2.) Consider where these constructions come from as well as their accuracy. 3.) Gain a better understanding of how social constructions of gender contribute to oppression and rape culture. 4.) Learn skills to interrupt manifestations of sexism and limited gender constructions in your community. 5.) Brainstorm how to apply this knowledge to help young people foster a more empowering understanding of gender identity.


Claire Michelson, Kim Spurzem, Ben Mincks and Katie Koga

Claire Michelson, Kim Spurzem, Ben Mincks and Katie Koga, NCBI Missoula

Monday November 9, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
UC 327

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