Gendercentric provides an independent, critical but humorous take on gender stories from media, academic and development circles for a broad audience of experts and amateurs. Development donor reports, mainstream media and other newsblogs, academic papers, and the latest publishing sensation are equally 'grist to the mill' of our conversation. Articles are posted regularly on this page and shorter news items of interest on Facebook and Twitter. Gendercentric hopes that both experts and amateurs will find something here to interest and provoke!

Differences of Sex, Gender and Sexuality undoubtedly exist and will retain their fascination. We are unlikely, ever, to achieve the nonchalance of some of the lower orders-- snails, water fleas, flatworms, limpets, gobies, clownfish, cuttlefish, some birds, hyenas and varieties of frogs, to name but a few, who appear to change sex and gender without a second thought. But we should be smart enough to question whether differences of Sex, Gender and Sexuality should continue to be given unequal moral, ethical, political, legal, economic and social weight. Dare we hope that the unprecedented interest in this topic indicates that we are on the cusp of a change of minds? Perhaps our funny old world is queerer than we think?

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Let's forget her emails for the moment and stick to Sex...and Gender

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This year drugs seem to have become the major, if confused, preoccupation of the IOC. Will this take Sex off the Agenda, and give the “gender” police a year off?

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"Curvology" purports to take us on “a scientific journey into the evolution of women’s bodies and what that means for their brains”.Everyone should be reassured that despite the battering the binary model of gender has taken in 2015 it is still alive and well, and as the author reassures us "evolution is not feminist"!

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The attached brief article reviews a book published before the repeal of the One Child Family Policy at the end of 2015 after 35 years of operation. Children who have grown up without siblings, as a result of the policy ,are believed to have more difficulties in forming relationships as well as being very spoiled by their families hence the appellations Little Emperor and Material Girl. One of the implications of this presumed lack of social and networking skills is the enhancement of traditional parental involvement in finding their child a partner through open air dating markets; as well as the young people’s dedication to dating online.

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