Gender is no longer determined solely by biological factors, says study
This one is just hitting the news today. A new study has been published by a pair of researchers at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI, called “Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System.” From the University press release:
“We explore the criteria for determining who is a ‘man’ and who is a ‘woman’ in sex-segregated spaces,” said Westbrook. “We are at an interesting point in the history of gender, where people are torn between valuing self-identity and believing that biology determines gender. Our study explores that change in the gender system.” […] “”In our analysis, we find that these moments, which we term ‘gender panics,’ are the result of a clash between two competing cultural ideas about gender identity: a belief that gender is determined by biology versus a belief that a person’s self-identity in terms of gender should be validated. These gender panics frequently result in a reshaping of the language of such policies so that they require extensive bodily changes before transgender individuals have access to particular rights.” These gender panics reveal the criteria for who counts as a woman and a man in our society.
I haven’t got hold of the article yet, but in the GVSU Press Release is available in its entirety. More on this article after I read it.