This is the third activity on gender. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on gender here.

 

DURATION

25 to 35 minutes

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

Does not matter, must be a similar number of boys and girls.

MATERIALS

None

PREPARATION

Participants are separated into two groups, one containing the boys and the other containing the girls.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY

To explore cultural assumptions that society holds about different genders.

DESCRIPTION

Groups are asked to devise a five minute scene that shows how they
think the other gender consoles or supports others of the same
gender. They perform each scene and the audience give feedback
about what they thought was true and what they thought was false.
The groups then devise a second scene that shows how they think
the opposite gender offends or undermines others of the same
gender. Again, the scenes are performed and are given feedback
from the audience.

REFLECTION

Similarly to the previous exercise, the feedback given after each
performance is important as it offers a valuable discussion point for
participants.