Lived Gender and IdentityDanièle Moyal-Sharrock (University of Hertfordshire), Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire)
Cambridge CB1 1PT
- Royal Institute of Philosophy
ABSTRACT: According to essentialists such as Germaine Greer, gender identity is a question of biology; according to social constructivists like Judith Butler, it is a matter of performance. Julia Serano has argued that gender identity incorporates both ‘intrinsic’ biological and ‘extrinsic’ social factors. In this talk, we consider these views and alternatively propose an enactivist view of gender -- which we call lived gender -- whereby living life as a woman (or man), and presenting and acting (not performing) accordingly, can be sufficient to qualify as a woman (or man). We explain and defend our position with some help and inspiration from Wittgenstein’s approach to concepts and their relation to forms of life.
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