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Gender Theory

GenderAn academic field devoted to gender identity and gendered representation as central categories of analysis. Generally speaking, gender studies / gender theory encompasses women's studies (women, feminism, gender, and politics), men's studies, andL.G.B.T. studies and covers gender, sex and sexuality in fields such as literature, language, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, cinema, media, human development, law, and medicine.

This section of the Gender Centre's website includes a collection of articles, research papers and surveys, books and book reviews, videos and other miscellanea relating to gender theory and the many other areas of interest to female to male transsexual people.

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EXPLORING WHAT MAKES US MALE OR FEMALE

Article appeared in Polare 40, May 2001

On a frozen winter evening, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, a professor of biology and women's studies at Brown University, sat in a restaurant nibbling on a snack and talking about her favourite subject: the application of ideas about gender roles to the formal study of biology ...

GWENDOLYN ANN SMITH ON TERMINOLOGY

Article appeared in Polare 81, October 2009

Gwendolyn Ann Smith explains the inclusiveness of the term transgender, and how it's opposite cisgender, shuts out our allies, our friends, our partners. It further sets transgender apart from the whole and creates a dichotomy that is not needed ... 

SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON THE RARE CONDITION, TRANSSEXUALISM

Article appeared in Polare 75, April 2008

Scientists say they may have found genes that shed light on transsexualism. The research could help clarify one of the most contentious and poorly understood questions in biology: what creates gender-identity, the sense most people have that they are men or women ... 

AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Article appeared in Polare 44, February 2002

In discussions of transsexualism, people usually fixate on the question of what causes it. However, another important key question is rarely discussed, the question of just how prevalent transsexualism is? Lynn Conway questions current medical authority prevalence figures ...

MANY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LIVE STEALTH

Article appeared in Polare 68, July 2006

Living stealth can mean leaving so much of your past behind, but why come out of one closet only to step into another? Stealth is optional these days, yet many still choose to avoid the stigma, prejudice, and safety concerns that come with being an out transgender person ... 

DOING YOUR GENDER HOMEWORK

Article appeared in Polare 32, August 1999

The first thing that occurs when two people make contact is an establishment of the other's gender. This lays the groundwork for how that other person is to be dealt with. Even infants are capable of gender identification within the first few months of life ... 

WHAT IS THE 'TRANSGENDER PROBLEM'? WHO'S 'PROBLEM' IS IT?

Article appeared in Polare 14, August 1996

Transgenderism has been pathologised and problematised and has been largely perceived as an individual rather than a social issue. In this article, Louise Glanfield takes a look at queer theory, biological determinism, the binary system, social facts and natural law ...

THE SOCIAL CHARACTER OF GENDER IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

Article appeared in Polare 83, April 2010

One of the most dramatic proofs of the social nature of gender is that different societies recognise different gender categories, yet those who cross gender boundaries have interested gender theorists as much as 'third gender' categories have interested anthropologists ... 

SEX VERSUS GENDER

Article appeared in Polare 31, June 1999

Sex is felt by most people to be a stable category, but gender is a social or a cultural construct with every society assigning different characteristics to each sex. Sally O'Driscoll presents a comprehensive examination of just why sex is indeed different from gender ... 

 
 
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