Kinsey’s misused legacy: moving on from continuums

Davy, Zowie (2014) Kinsey’s misused legacy: moving on from continuums. In: After Kinsey:(Re)Theorising Sexuality and Gender in a ‘Post-Closet’ Context, 26th-27th June, University of Warwick.

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In analyses of Kinsey et al’s work, the sexuality continuum figures large in the literature, not because they believed that people were able to be place upon it, but because of subsequent theories surrounding their work. In this paper I draw on some of the tensions in naming trans* within a continuum model to pursue de-stigmatization of trans embodiment. I will argue that the claims to any nodal positions on an essentialized continuum misrepresents the lives of (trans*) people. Moreover, I will illustrate that this essentialism implicates those with intersex conditions without due attention the binary logics underpinning their claims

Additional Information:Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of ‘Trans’ is an ESRC-sponsored seminar series based at the University of Warwick.
Keywords:Kinsey, binary gender, continuum, trans*
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:02 Jul 2014 15:40

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