GenSexNYC is an anti-oppression sexuality workshop for all gender identities. We work to build a safer, braver community of participants in the New York City area to share and explore our experiences of identity.
GenSexNYC is a volunteer-organized, multi-week discussion- and activity-based workshop. At weekly facilitated meetings, participants explore different facets of identity and how they intersect: gender, sexuality and pleasure, race and ethnicity, communication and consent, class, health and ability, and others. Each topic is discussed in the framework of privilege and oppression. Personal narratives can be spoken or expressed creatively, and meetings also include a variety of collaborative group activities. While facilitators provide readings and other educational resources, participants are also welcome and encouraged to share new or additional resources.
By recounting and listening, we challenge our assumptions and learn from our peers as a community, setting aside judgment to validate each others’ ideas and experiences. GenSexNYC becomes a safer space by encouraging mutual acceptance, and by extension a braver platform for sharing vulnerable thoughts and stories.
GenSexNYC strives to include people of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities, incomes, ages, religions, and abilities.
"the workshop strives to build a safe, inclusive, and reflective environment"
FemSex began in 1993 as a for-credit course offered at UC Berkeley. In 2003, 2 Berkeley graduates who had taken FemSex as undergraduates, brought the course to Brown University where they formed a student-run, not-for-credit workshop called FemSex. The workshop has since spread to numerous colleges and communities around the United States. FemSexNYC held its first workshop in 2013, and in 2014, FemSexNYC changed its name to GenSexNYC.
What is oppression?
Oppression is when people are mistreated or denied access to resources based on their identities. Oppression acts on multiple levels: institutional, through laws and rules; interpersonal, through individual interactions; and internalized, where we oppress ourselves.
What is anti-oppression?
Acknowledging that people are oppressed
Investigating and talking about why that is
Working against oppression by taking personal responsibility and working with other people on a larger scale
*Adapted from Rhizome Consulting Project
What is a brave, safer space?
A safer space in an environment that fosters comfort in sharing personal experiences by actively listening, respecting each other, and personal reflection. We use the term 'safer' instead of 'safe' to acknowledge that we can't guarantee that everyone will always feel safe in the space.
A brave space grows out of a safer space. When a space is safer, those in it have the ability to be brave and vulnerable on their own terms.