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UNT event questions gender conventions

The 10th Gender Fair at the University of North Texas campus aims to provoke conversations on Wednesday.

Gender Fair X — with the theme “What Marks Your Spot?” — will engage the campus and broader community in a wide range of conversations about gender in American culture from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Willis Library Forum, 1506 Highland St.

The event is hosted by UNT’s Department of Communication Studies — specifically the students in the COMM 4140 course, “Gender and Communication,” taught by professor Suzanne Enck.

Booths at this year’s Gender Fair will focus on different aspects of gender in the public sphere, including “Challenging Hegemonic Masculinities,” “Disciplining and Liberating Gendered Bodies,” “Disrupting Gendered Violence,” “Beyond Binary Sexualities” and “Feminist Politics.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will offer interactive games and activities, prizes and information.

The Gender Fair will also team up with the UNT chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication studies honor society, to collect items for Denton County Friends of the Family. Community members are invited to drop off new and gently used items that will be donated to the nonprofit, which serves those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence.

— Staff report