What happened when you stepped outside the gender lines?

Photo by <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/alesadam/3555162698/'>Alesa Dam</a>

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Jun. 29 / Jul. 9

Boys will be boys, girls will be girls... or not. There are a lot of perceived "traditional" gender lines... but what happened when you stepped across one of those lines?

Read on to find out what's on the show, or click "Listen" to hear the podcast. (Originally aired June 9, 2012)

 

How do you navigate the gender line in a co-ed bathroom? Well, only one way to find out... Sook-Yin Lee visits a University of Toronto co-ed washroom to chat with the folks there. (Below: Nithin and Yuka fill Sook-Yin in on the finer points of co-ed bathrooms.)

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When you think of heavy metal, it's probably safe to say the word "feminine" doesn't spring to mind. But when Natalie Zed attended her first metal show a few years ago, she knew that she and the headbanging crowd were a match made in heaven. She now makes her writing about heavy metal, and writes the column "Girls Don't Like Metal." We'll talk with her about being a woman in a male-dominated culture.

Ali Saeed is from Ethiopia, where it's common for men to hold hands with each other. So what happened when he tried to do the same thing here in Canada? He'll tell us his story.

Sook-Yin tells us how she's blurred the gender lines as Mark... and Jongo. (Below: Sook-Yin as "Jongo" and "Mark.")

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What to do when your little boy wants to be a princess for Hallowe'en? Diane Flacks brings us some advice for parents trying to navigate gender questions with their kids.

Grant Lawrence got an education in a whole lot more that "chick lit" when he joined an all-women book club. He'll tell us the shocking... and intimate... details...

Few people cross gender lines quite as literally as Ro Walker Mills has. Ro was born female - but a little over a year ago, he began the process of becoming a man. So how does it affect your relationships when you switch sides on the gender divide?

Jane Hall is a pioneer when it comes to transcending boundaries between men and women.
That's because Jane was one of the very first female members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She joined the RCMP in 1977... when the female uniform featured a pillbox hat and a purse. We'll talk with the author of The Red Wall: A Woman In the RCMP about how far women have - and haven't - come in the force since then.

We'll hear from Paul Anthony, who tells us how a cross-country, cross-dressing bus trip changed the way he viewed the world.

Last year, Kathy Witterick and David Stocker shared their story with the press. They decided to withhold the sex of their newborn baby, Storm, until he... or she... is old enough to express him or herself. That, coupled with having raised their two boys in a gender-exploratory environment caused an international uproar. They'll talk with Sook-Yin about their decision... and the response it's generated.

We'll take you all the way to the edge of the Alaska Highway for a lesson on how to tie a tie, from a teacher a group of Yukon guys didn't expect... Ivan Coyote.

And here's our music playlist for Saturday, June 9:

Mastodon - "Curl of the Burl"
Royal Wood - "Not Giving Up"
Federal Lights - "I Woke Up"
Johnny Cash - "Boy Named Sue"
The Arkells - "Book Club"
Diamond Rings - "All Yr Songs"
Tokyo Police Club - "Breakneck Speed"
Tegan and Sara - "Nineteen"
Karen O - "All Is Love"

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