The Transvengers webcomic

The Transvengers webcomic was created by a group of young trans people aged 13-19 from Gendered Intelligence and is featured in the Institute of Sexology exhibition. Find out more about the project on our website.

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Dazed sex survey results

From Natsal to the Guardian, large scale sex surveys have been carried out for decades , the results of which offer a fascinating glimpse into our sex lives. One such survey, carried out by Dazed in September 2014, targeted young people, or “generation swipe” as some refer to today’s younger generation. Dazed released the results of their sex survey this morning and we provide a teaser below (words by Charlie Robin Jones).

Technology

  • Men are twice as likely to lie about their identity online
  • Overall, 50% of us send naked selfies

Once upon a time, you would have to wait for a partner to drop a white hankie or walk over to you at the local dance hall. Or, for that matter, write you a love letter. Today, however, the phones in our hands have become essentially linked to who we hook up with, and how we express our affection. That gay men use apps to get laid will surprise no-one, but still, the numbers were striking – over 50% primarily use apps to hook up, compared with the hetrosexual 10%.

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The Transvengers: Origins

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group. In this post he talks about the process.

In the beginning we drew a lot. We drew self portraits, played drawing games, drew in pairs and we made collaborative drawings on long rolls of paper. We shared jokes, stories, ideas or silence while we drew. These drawings were part of the process of finding out what our comic was about, the characters that would be in it, their backstories and the locations in which events would take place.

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The Transvengers: Sexologists

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group, starting with how the group went about researching some of the sexologists featured in the exhibition.

When we began this project, none of us knew very much about sexology, so that was a very good place to start. We found out who the main sexologists who will feature in the exhibition were and did some research. It seems to have been a common pattern for sexologists to have begun their careers as scientists.

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The Transvengers: Paradigm of Heteronormativity

A group of young trans people from Gendered Intelligence worked with an artist to produce The Transvengers: a web comic that will feature in the forthcoming Institute of Sexology exhibition at Wellcome Collection. In this series, Jason Barker, the artist in question, writes about his experience of working with the group. In this post, he describes the process of developing the theory which underlies the comic, and society, today. 

I missed the train to London one morning and so bought myself a large coffee. I was doodling on an envelope, thinking about the project and about “normality” in terms of gender and sexuality, how it’s constructed to keep us all on the straight and narrow and what happens to people who don’t fit the pattern.

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