Skeptics in the Pub: Gender 101

Good critical thinkers strive to arm themselves with the most up-to-date and accurate information when assessing any topic. Whether an issue of scientific inquiry, a marketing claim, or even social or cultural matters, collecting and evaluating as much data as possible is the best way to be confident that the conclusions we draw are the most sound, and that any subsequent value judgments we make are the most fair.

It's in that spirit that Houston Skeptic Society member, Brenda Lunger has agreed to present a very popular talk, Gender 101, at August's Skeptics in the Pub meetup.

Gender 101 is a one-hour interactive session that deconstructs our cultural gender perceptions. By looking at people’s tendencies to classify and simplify EVERYTHING, Brenda will show us how our cultural definitions of gender in specific and self in general often get in the way of equality, justice, and the freedom of people to live their lives. Gender 101 has been presented to universities, churches, community organizations, and activist groups, and participants leave with a better understanding of self, others, and the greater community around them. The presentation style is highly interactive and fun while delivering a progressive perspective on how we treat others.


As always, this month's Skeptics in the Pub meetup is being held at the Stag's Head Pub.

And don't forget, if you'd like to address the group about anything sciency, skeptical, or newsworthy, don't be afraid to ask.

Add it to your calendar.

The Skinny on the Digs

The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Sheperd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.

But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.

Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.

So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:

  1. Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.
  2. Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.

Other Important Information

The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.

Driving Tips and Directions

The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Sheperd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Sheperd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Sheperd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.

Upon leaving, you can exit Sheperd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.

If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway immediately.

If you are heading north on 59, TURN RIGHT at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, stay on the access road toward Kirby Drive. Make a U-turn at Kirby, and enter the freeway to head north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Tom

    The speaker was informative and appreciated for her clarity and subtlety in what can be an emotional topic.

    2 · August 28

  • Reiko Ng

    First time! look forward to that ;)

    August 27

  • Lydia Williams

    First timer

    August 26

  • Matt Sayler

    Sounds excellent!

    1 · August 12

  • Brenda Lunger

    I guess I should attend... :)

    1 · August 5

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