Sex in all its states

I spoke to you recently in my columns woke fins from the National Gallery of Canada.

But a reader wrote to draw my attention to another museum that has some, shall we say, intriguing plans.


From June 14 through August 31 of this year, the Musée de la civilization de Québec has launched a “Call for Objects and Archives,” which I have copied in full here.

“The Musée de la Civilization seeks objects that can document the multitude of experiences related to gender identities and their mutation over time and across cultures in Quebec and elsewhere. »

“We call on people of gender plurality and sexual diversity to help us collect diverse objects that evoke the realities of the following communities: intersex people, binary and non-binary trans people. Transgender Sex Workers. Neurodivergent trans people. Two spirit, intersex and trans artists. Racialized trans people involved in ballroom circles. Polyamorous trans people. Trans people involved in Kinks communities. trans parents. Trans and creative kids. Trans people active in the trans and transfeminist movement in Quebec from 2000 to 2020. Indigenous and Two-Spirit LGBT+ people. Black, racialized, immigrant or refugee LGBT+ people. LGBT+ people residing in or originating from the regions of Quebec. LGBT+ activists active from the 1960s to the 1990s.

“Female activists active within the radical feminist, lesbian feminist, and queer feminist movements in Quebec from the 1960s to the 2000s.”

I hope the museum has ensured that their list is comprehensive and that no subset of “people of multiple genders and sexual diversity” has been overlooked.

And I wonder what an “object representing the realities” of “trans people operating in the Kinks communities” might look like.


Another column of mine that got you reacting is the one about Radio-Canada’s use of the words “men with a uterus” instead of the word “women.”

Several readers who have had hysterectomies or been born without a uterus have written to me expressing their shock. “Am I to be called ‘the person who no longer has a womb?’ ‘ one of them wrote to me.

A reader told me the same thing on July 18 on the show 15-18 On Radio-Canada, the presenter said of women’s breasts:

“While it’s legal for anyone to go topless, it’s still not fully accepted by the general population that ‘people with fuller breasts’ don’t hide them.”

His guest, Myriam Daguzan-Bernier, a sexologist, replied: “There are as many different breasts as ‘people with breasts’ on the planet”.

Finally, did you know that the Montreal Women’s Center wrote on Facebook on July 13 that “the HPV vaccine can be given to vagina owners between the ages of 9 and 25 and penis owners between the ages of 9 and 26”?

Here’s a nice vocabulary suggestion for our radio Canadian friends.

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