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Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Theory

Resisting Definition: Gendering Through Interaction and Relational Selfhood

By Alexis Shotwell, 2009

This paper argues that trans and genderqueer people affect the gender formation and identity of non-trans people. We explore three instances of this relationship between trans and non-trans genders: an allegiance to inadequate liberal-individualist models of selfhood; tropes through which trans people are made to stand as theoretical objects with which to think about gender broadly; and a narrow focus on gender and evasion of an intersectional understanding of gender formation

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