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Hi, hello, and welcome to the gender forest!

This project is the result of my own (continual) wanderings and explorations of my queerness, gender expression and gender identity. Someday I'll write more about the process of creating it, but for now, I just hope you enjoy spending time with it. 

 

About The Map

This map is forever in progress and it started with maybe 3-5 things written on it. Please use it however you're drawn to. You can download and look around/reflect on mine, or you can download a blank one and put your own words and marks on it. You can also scrap the forest altogether and draw your own gender landscape.

 

As you poke around, keep in mind that there are a few things that are nice about maps and map-making:

  • Maps are not to-do lists: they are a tool for charting territory and giving language to important features of a landscape. Adding something to your map is not a commitment to immediate or even eventual exploration of that terrain, it is just an acknowledgement that it is an important part of the ecosystem you're charting.

  • Maps help us identify the characteristics of particular terrain: some areas of the gender landscape will feel more approachable and easy for you to explore, others may take a more training or preparation to be ready to take on. The darker areas on my map are topics that have a more intense emotional charge for me, and I know I need to approach with extra support (a therapist, a good friend or some extra time to take care of myself.) 

  • Everyone's map is different-- I added things to my map that felt important to my process. Your map will certainly have different summits and gulches and waterways and things that are key landmarks in your landscape.

  • You get to draw your own trails-- The wilderness is a place to explore and wander. You can try new trails, re-visit ones you've been on a million times or just sit on a sunny rock and take a nap. You can wander alone, with a group of friends, or with your dog. There is no ultimate destination, just an infinite number of things to be curious about.

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