Discussion Workshop: Masc/Fem
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Discussion Workshop: Masc/Fem

Discussion Workshop: Masc/Fem

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Kobi Nazrul Centre

30 Hanbury Street

London, United Kingdom

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In subtle and not so subtle ways, we have all been 'taught' (by our surroundings) how to behave.  For some, the values of stereotypical masculinity were encouraged, and any signs of femininity were ridiculed.  For others, there was so much shame around the idea of being gay, which was linked to being feminine or being less of a man.

Despite the huge progress made socially in the acceptance of the LGBT community, it is not uncommon for gay men to ridicule and shame other gay men for being feminine.  Masc4Masc or 'no fems' is often explained as a simple preference.  But it often says more about the person expressing this preference, and perpetuates the hostility and ridicule experienced by gay men from society at large.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore our beliefs, prejudices and experiences of masculinity and femininity, and how they integrate with who we think we are as men.

  • What does masculinity/femininity mean to you?  
  • How do you experience your masculinity/femininity?
  • Do you consider yourself to be masculine/feminine? How do you think others view you?

£20 at the door (£10 concession for students, unemployed, etc)

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What are the discussion workshops?

The discussion workshops are spaces for gay/bi/curious/trans men to meet and discuss topics around the themes of sex and sexuality, which aren't often discussed in open and authentic ways.  

What to expect? 

Expect to meet a group of interesting men in a relaxed, safe setting. Most of the time at the gatherings will be allocated to a group discussion, which is a sharing based on personal experiences.  

There are two equally valid ways of participating in the discussion: not speaking and speaking.  There is no pressure to participate in a particular way, however, how we participate in each discussion is something to consider.  Sometimes, depending on the topic we carry out a group exercise.

What not to expect? 

Open Connection is not a debating society, and so we stay away from discussing intellectual or psychological theories. It is also not group therapy. Although a lot of topics will evoke strong emotions, and we encourage everyone to be supportive of each other, the workshops are not the place to therapise, change or 'fix' any one.

​What is the point of these workshops?

  1. exploring topics on sex and sexuality and how we relate to them in our lives;
  2. deepening self insight and learning from other men's experiences; 
  3. observing how we usually function in a group: ​
    • What are our normal defences?  
    • How do we usually like people to perceive us? 
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