Monday, April 07, 2008

GenderVision Releases First Video Program, "Sex & Gender"

Now available: the first show of the long-awaited video program, "GenderVision." Produced and hosted by GenderTalk radio producers Nancy Nangeroni and Gordene MacKenzie, GenderVision continues the ground-breaking work of challenging and expanding our vision of gender and progressive politics. Cablecast in Beverly, it is also available for viewing and downloading at

This first program in the half-hour monthly show focuses on “Sex & Gender." Nancy and Gordene speak candidly with their guest, medical sociologist, author and intersex activist Esther Morris Leidolf, about bodies and gender that differs from cultural expectations. Esther observes that intersex is more common than cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome combined. Their lively conversation explores the “medical normalization” of intersex bodies and the dangers of simplistic assumptions about sex and gender. Fans of “Raving Raven,” an animal issues commentator and regular on GenderTalk radio, will also enjoy a brief appearance by the “Bird with the Word” (not included in cable version due to time restraints).

GenderVision is intended for multiple audiences, and will be an excellent teaching tool for educators, organizations and libraries interested in biological and cultural diversity, sex and gender and human rights. DVD’s will be available soon at

Included on the DVD, and available online, is Esther Morris Leidolf’s performance of her moving “Missing Vagina Monologue,” which takes you through the psycho-social, medical, and deeply personal aspects of being born with an intersex body that doesn't conform to cultural ‘norms.’

Gordene O. MacKenzie, longtime gender activist and author of “Transgender Nation”, serves as an associate professor and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Merrimack College. Nancy Nangeroni, a longtime transgender activist, founder of GenderTalk Radio, is a former executive director of the International Foundation for Gender Education and current co-chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition ( They are also life partners who have been working together on gender education and advocacy since 1998; they co-hosted the renowned GenderTalk radio program for over 9 years. They produce and co-host GenderVision, which is taped at BevCam cable access studio in Beverly, MA.

Inquiries from local cable access channels are welcomed; individuals are encouraged to request that their local cable channel show GenderVision. GenderVision is a production of Gender Education & Media, Inc, a Massachusetts-registered non-profit formed to support educational work promoting inclusive understanding of gender issues.

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