Published: 18th December 2019
Son of Abish is all set to educate you about Gender Identity. How cool is that now!
Comedian Abish Mathew's Son of Abish now has a segment called Out of Syllabus. It's first video talks about Gender Identity
Have the terms 'sex' and 'gender' ever confused you? If you've been schooled in India, then we understand your confusion because, let's face it, the Indian school education system doesn't take a lot of effort into educating us properly about the difference. However, if you have an internet connection that is good enough to play videos and just five minutes of time, you can unlearn a few things, clear your doubts and actually learn what gender and sex are. And we'll even tell you which video to watch — just check out comedian Abish Mathew's YouTube channel.
Abish's popular YouTube chat show Son of Abish now has a segment called 'Out of Syllabus' which features explainer videos about contemporary issues. "It’s a segment where we pick up topics that should have been taught to us in school, instead of focusing solely on academic subjects. This is an initiative to become 'educated'," says Abish. The first video in the segment, which was out on December 7, is titled 'Gender Identity Song' and it already has 19,000 views. "The motive here is to raise awareness about the pronouns that might not mean much to cis-gendered people but mean a sign of respect for the LGBTQIA+ community. By doing this, we are just encouraging people to not get thrown off when someone introduces themselves with their pronouns and eventually start stating their own pronouns, making gender identification a personal yet accepting culture in India," says Abish. The video is also contemporary given that the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act was passed on December 5.
Abish also tells us about the importance of educating the younger generation about gender identity. "It is paramount as the world needs to be more accepting and celebrating of differences. We have the power to change an entire generation and we should not take that for granted," he says. The video's YouTube description also provides a link enabling a user to download it. Abish, in fact, encourages more people to do so. "We are urging people to download this video and send it on their family WhatsApp groups and engage in a conversation with them as well. We have received multiple heartwarming requests from people asking if they could show the song in their classrooms. It would be amazing to have the support of the teachers to take this forward," he says.
So, what are you waiting for. Go check out the video (if you haven't already), download it, share it and be part of the younger generation's education.