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Toward an account of gender identity

Jenkins, Katharine

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Katharine Jenkins katharine.jenkins@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Although the concept of gender identity plays a prominent role in campaigns for trans rights, it is not well understood, and common definitions suffer from a problematic circularity. This paper undertakes an ameliorative inquiry into the concept of gender identity, taking as a starting point the ways in which trans rights movements seek to use the concept. First, I set out six desiderata that a target concept of gender identity should meet. I then consider three analytic accounts of gender identity: the dispositional account, the self-identification account, and the norm-relevancy account. I argue that only the norm-relevancy account can meet all six desiderata. Finally, I defend the norm-relevancy account from three objections: that it is cis-normative, that it has problematic implications regarding trans women, and that it entails that some people do not have the gender identity they take themselves to have.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 18, 2018
Journal ERGO
Electronic ISSN 1802-2170
Publisher Michigan Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 27
Pages 713-744
APA6 Citation Jenkins, K. (2018). Toward an account of gender identity. ERGO, 5(27), 713-744. https://doi.org/10.3998/ergo.12405314.0005.027
DOI https://doi.org/10.3998/ergo.12405314.0005.027
Keywords Gender; Gender Identity; Transgender; Trans rights; Conceptual engineering
Publisher URL https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ergo/12405314.0005.027?view=text;rgn=main
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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