Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks Street
9:30pm

I’m Afraid of Men

with Vivek Shraya
Hosted by Deborah Owusu-Akyeeah

I’m Afraid of Men

with Vivek Shraya
Hosted by Deborah Owusu-Akyeeah
27
Saturday
Oct
2018
9:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks Street
Photo by Zachary Ayotte
Vivek Shraya

A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl—and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century.

 

Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she's endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak.

 

Now, with raw honesty, Vivek delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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