Katie Couric is teaming up with National Geographic Channel to develop a two-hour documentary, “Gender Revolution” (working title), to premiere globally timed to the release of National Geographic Magazine’s January cover story on gender.
The film will be an in-depth and unflinching look at the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity.
“It seems that every day, there’s a new story and a new vocabulary around gender that’s challenging our long-held attitudes and preconceptions about what makes us who we are,” said Couric. “‘Gender Revolution’ will go beyond the headlines to examine the why, the how and what it all means, with intimate stories of the people who are at the forefront of this new frontier. We’ll also explore how it’s impacting almost every aspect of our lives, from bathrooms to boardrooms, and from colleges to competitive sports. Think of it this way: this will be everything you wanted to know about gender but were afraid to ask.”
“Gender Revolution” will explore the complexities of gender in everyday life, from the moment we are born through our twilight years. The doc will examine how gender has been viewed across centuries by ancient civilizations, and the surprisingly different approaches to gender around the world today. It will dive into the debates, from the deeply personal – asking, at what age do we first come to terms with our gender? – to the very public, including what’s fair when it comes to intersex athletes at the Olympics, and the new battlefront: public restrooms. It also hopes to shed light on the countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.
“This show will explore the roles of science, politics, and culture on gender, giving viewers a greater understanding of what is becoming a rapidly evolving issue,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks. “We’re proud to partner with Katie and her talented production team to play a part in breaking down the complexities of gender identity.”