Here are some of the questions we hear most often.
Q: Where is the class held?
A: femex has no dedicated space. Facilitators and participants host classes in their homes and/or offices across DC. Sometimes, the same person will host for the entire session. Other times, people will take turns. There is space on the application to indicate if you are able to host.
Q: What time does the class start and end?
A: Classes last three hours and typically start between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The class will determine what start and end times best fit their needs.
Q: What is the cost to participate?
A: femex is a 501(c)(3) and currently runs on participant donations, which are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The suggested donation is $75 on a sliding scale: all are welcome to participate in the class and to donate whatever they can, whenever they can. Half the donations stay with the class to be used for supplies, food, activities, or for whatever else the class decides. The other half goes back to the organization to support our programs. There is a $5 application fee; this will be waived for anyone who cannot afford it.
Q: What if I have never taken a gender studies course?
A: That's fine! femex is about learning from others’ personal experiences. No prior or academic knowledge is necessary, only a willingness to share your own experiences and listen and learn from others. femex values all levels of experience and non-experience with the topics we discuss.
Q: What if I can't attend all of the classes?
A: We know that people will miss classes due to work, travel, and illness. If you know you will be missing more than 2-3 classes during the 15-week course, we ask that you wait and apply for a different session. Because femex is all about sharing personal experiences, it is important that the class be able to get to know each other and build a safe space.
Q: Are trans and gender non-conforming folks allowed to take femex?
A: Yes. femex is open to all gender identities and welcomes the trans* community. The course celebrates the experiences of those who have identified, currently identify, or may some day identify as a woman, female-bodied, or feminine of center.
Q: What is the waitlist?
A: Classes are capped at 14 participants to ensure an intimate space. Typically, we hold four separate classes. Should we have more applicants than we can accommodate, a waitlist will be created. Applicants on the waitlist can be placed in a class if anyone drops during the first week of classes.
Q: When do classes begin?
A: Classes for the spring session begin in early February, with informational sessions held in January. The fall session begins in late August, with informational sessions held in July.
Q: Who runs femex?
A: An all-volunteer, unpaid staff of former femex participants: Ray Whyte, Justyna Maslowska, Cari Ross, Barbra Elenbaas, and Jess Aguero.
Still wondering about something? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.