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Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

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A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes []

How should we talk about transgender issues?

How should we talk about transgender issues?

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Geena Rocero did a pretty bold thing at TED2014: She came out. The transgender fashion model chose Vancouver to reveal to the world that she was assigned male at birth. “I am here exposed … to help others live without shame and terror,” she says in today’s talk. The trans community has had a spotlight []

Forge meaning, build identity: Andrew Solomon at TED2014

Forge meaning, build identity: Andrew Solomon at TED2014

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The extraordinary and eloquent Andrew Solomon closes TED2014 with a talk that brought the theater to its feet. Popular wisdom, begins Solomon, is that we find meaning, that it is an external truth to seek. But after a lifetime as a student of adversity, he has found that meaning, in fact, is forged. Solomon recalls []

Who Are We?: The speakers in Session 11 of TED2013

Who Are We?: The speakers in Session 11 of TED2013

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The name says it all: this session took a look at everything that human beings do, think and know. From thoughts on what makes a civilization decline to the roots of our morality, these speakers shared some of the stats and stories that point to our collective identity. Here, the speakers who appeared in this []