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Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Gender Identity Disorder, the Gender Binary, and Transgender Oppression: Implications for Ethical Social Work

By Erin R. Markman , 2011

This article argues that social workers are ethically obligated to serve as allies of transgender and gender-nonconforming communities and, thus, should critically examine the diagnosis of gender identity disorder and the oppression inherent in pathologizing gender nonconformity. Social workers should also consider the oppression inherent in the socially constructed gender binary that is the root of the perceived psychosis in gender nonconformance and should fight against this oppression and, therefore, against that binary. This article proposes several action steps that social workers can take to advocate for the transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. Keywords: transgender, gender identity, oppression, social work, ethics, diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders

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