A dispositional account of gender

Philosophical Studies 172 (10):2575-2589 (2015)

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Jennifer McKitrick
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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According to some philosophers, gender is a social role or pattern of behavior in a social context. I argue that these accounts have problematic implications for transgender. I suggest that gender is a complex behavioral disposition, or cluster of dispositions. Furthermore, since gender norms are culturally relative, one’s gender is partially constituted by extrinsic factors. I argue that this has advantages over thinking of gender as behavior, and has the added advantage of accommodating the possibility of an appearance/reality dissonance with respect to one’s gender
Keywords Feminism  Gender  Gender identity  Gender dysphoria  Transgender
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-014-0425-6
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A Case for Extrinsic Dispositions.J. McKitrick - 2003 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (2):155 – 174.

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