On Sex and Gender


Oppressive, offensive and derogatory statements continue to pervade our society. We are a group of Connecticut College students seeking to examine the social construction of sex, sexuality, and gender, as well as critically consider how our daily interactions reaffirm these constructions. This project aims to reveal just a small portion of the many indignities that occur every day in our communities. It is our hope that this project provokes you to reconsider the assumptions that underlie these daily statements and to consider the damage done by these statements. The title of this project came from the concept of reclaiming these aggressions [on your sex and gender] that attack one’s identity.  

Project by: Gracie Hall, Luis Ramos, Alia Roth and Olivia Rabbitt

Photography by: Alia Roth

*Trigger warning*  Some of the statements on the boards may be disturbing

Micro aggression: a brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignity, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicates a hostile, derogatory, or negative slight or insult toward someone.

Identities are intersectional and micro aggressions can encompass race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status and many other components.  For the purpose of this project, we focussed specifically on gender and sexuality, although the project also underscores that these identities can not be separated from other aspects of our identities, such as race or nationality for instance.

Micro aggressions are symptomatic of a larger culture of pervasive stereotypes and manifestations of privilege. We want to make these daily indignities visible and hope that this campaign engages our communities in critical thought.