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Beyond Binary: Genderqueer as Critical Gender Kind

Dembroff, Robin (2019) Beyond Binary: Genderqueer as Critical Gender Kind. Philosopher's Imprint.

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Abstract

We want to know what gender is. But approaches to
this question solely have focused on the binary gender kinds men and
women. By overlooking those who identify outside of the binary -- the
group I call `genderqueer' -- we are left without tools for understanding these new and quickly growing gender identifications. This metaphysical gap in turn creates a conceptual lacuna that contributes to systematic misunderstanding of genderqueer persons. In this paper, I argue that to better understand genderqueer identities, we must recognize a new type of gender kind: critical gender kinds, or kinds whose members resist dominant gender ideology. After developing a model of critical gender kinds, I suggest that genderqueer is best modeled as one such kind. In particular, I propose that its members are united by resisting `the binary assumption', or the prevalent assumption that they must comply with binary gender classification.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Dembroff, Robinrobin.dembroff@yale.edu
Keywords: gender
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Robin Dembroff
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 15:42
Item ID: 16317
Journal or Publication Title: Philosopher's Imprint
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 8 August 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16317

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