The Masks of Gender is a podcast in the form of conversations with me, Persia West, talking to people about their gender and it’s intersections with race, age, LGBT+ identities, masculinity, intersex bodies, having gay, transgender and non-binary identities and more. It’s about the wisdom of experience that comes with living outside what is considered the norm, the ordinary, the box we are supposed to live in.
The second season will post three episodes a month, all the threes; on the 3rd, 13th and 23rd. The content is mostly me, Persia, in conversation with the remarkable people who keep coming my way, almost without trying, it seems. There will also be the occsasional recording of me giving my own insights into gender, identity and more; they have been going down well with listeners so I’ll make some more.
The podcast currently features conversations with an intersex activist; a feminine woman in the masculine world of tech; a gay man on culture and the power of words; different ways of seeing gender in India, recorded in Kolkata; the compassion of a transgender Christian priest; and more. It also includes posts of my personal insights, from my own writing, expanded upon and clarified through the lens of my individual perception, forged through a lifetime of meditation and the unique view of gender and identity that comes with being trans.
Here are some of the great people I’ve been talking to, all of them worth listening to;
The podcast aims to help bring about respect, openness and greater inclusion in our changing society by facilitating understanding of real, living people and their experiences. By opening our eyes to the realities of others, differences and barriers fade, not only for those who diverge from the gender norm, but for everyone in our gender-divided world.