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Full‐Frontal Morality: The Naked Truth about Gender

By Talia Mae Bettcher, 2012

This paper examines Harold Garfinkel’s notion of the natural attitude about sex and his claim that it is fundamentally moral in nature. The author looks beneath the natural attitude in order to explain its peculiar resilience and oppressive force. There she reveals a moral order grounded in the dichotomously sexed bodies so constituted through boundaries governing privacy and decency. In particular, naked bodies are sex-differentiated within a system of genital representation through gender presentation—a system that helps constitute the very boundaries between the public and private Keywords: transgender ethnomethodology nakedness transphobia privacy

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