Across and Beyond: The Semantics of Transgender Identity

Stance 5:7-18 (2012)

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Gunnar Lund
Harvard University
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This paper examines two senses of the term “transgender:” transgender as across the gender binary and transgender as beyond the gender binary. Explored are the difficulties this ambiguity poses to transpeople. In short, using the theories of Ferdinand de Saussure and Richard Rorty, this paper argues that the meaning of “transgender” must simultaneously embrace both senses of the term, rather than one or the other
Keywords feminism  transgender  gender  gender identity
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ISBN(s) 1943-1880
DOI 10.5840/stance201251
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