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THE FILM & SPECIAL ISSUE
In 2017, National Geographic magazine and the National Geographic Channel joined forces to help us all understand more about the meaning of gender. In both daily life and political discourse, gender has become an increasingly frequent topic. The special edition of National Geographic magazine, Gender Revolution, and the documentary film of the same name are efforts to allay confusion and misinformation; they provide a wealth of facts, images, and ideas about gender and how it is expressed in our contemporary world.
THE DISCUSSION GUIDE
As the title of this discussion guide suggests, traditional ideas about gender are undergoing a sea change in the 21st century. In a special edition of National Geographic (January 2017), you will find articles about such diverse topics as the science behind gender, the various ways that different cultures mark a boy’s transition to manhood, the risks girls face in many countries, and the status of gender equality internationally. A companion video of the same name, produced by Katie Couric, further extends the viewer’s understanding of gender. This guide draws upon both these resources to help users clarify their own knowledge and attitudes about gender and to promote discussion of how gender develops, how families can talk with their children about gender, the role of gender in the larger culture, and the next steps we can take to promote inclusion and acceptance in an increasingly diverse world.