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Crossing the Thin Line that Divides Man and Woman.
For most people, gender is a rock-solid concept that is never questioned. Yet some of us aren’t born with that kind of unshakable faith in our assigned gender. Instead, we grow up feeling something is “off” or “wrong” with our birth assignment, and feel compelled to explore this disconnect between soul, body, and the little letter M or F that goes on our birth certificate. Our culture loves to hate these kinds of explorations, responding as if the explorer is somehow exhibiting an affront to the very nature of reality itself. It therefore requires great courage to persist in exploring this boundary while trying to find alignment with one’s own soul. In this talk, I’ll discuss my own exploration – what I went through to find gender alignment – the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that resulted.
Morgan Giddings was trained in Computer Science and Physics to become a tenured professor of Bioinformatics (a fancy way of saying “studying genetics with computers”) at UNC Chapel Hill. Her gender exploration occurred at UNC right after she was hired, and before she was unanimously voted by her department for Tenure. After spending 10 years doing the East Coast Big Professor gig, she gave up that job to head for the mountains of Idaho. Having grown up in Utah as a river runner, she was familiar with the McCall area from many family trips on the Salmon River. She now lives here, and runs a business that consults and trains scientists across the globe in the skills they need to survive and thrive in challenging times, still river running, skiing, and biking when time permits.
CUB Be the Courage Local Speakers Series
Exploring the authentic and courageous life.
Presentation begins at 6pm and will run for 60-75 minutes.
Please arrive a little early to greet your neighbors and settle in.
$10 at the door. Included in CUB membership and patronage.