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Real Gender : A Cis Defence of Trans Realities

Constantine, Moyal-Sharrock, Dani le Sandis, Daniele Moyal-Sharrock, Constantine (Oxford Brookes University, UK) Sandis
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd (Polity Press)
Published: December 21, 2023
ISBN: 9781509555857
240 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Societies around the world are struggling to think clearly about trans realities and understand trans identities. Real Gender is the first book to present a cis defence of what it means to be transgender.

Moyal-Sharrock and Sandis delve into the various factors which make many trans people’s experience of their gender (or lack thereof) as natural and unquestionable as that of cis people. While recognising the undeniably social aspects of gender, they find that gender cannot be completely divorced from our biological underpinnings. Contrary to popular opinion, gender self-identification does not require the denial of either biology or sex. What is needed is a more liberal understanding of our gender concepts, which would prevent us from confusing diversity with pathology.

Steeped in published and personal trans testimonials, Real Gender does not seek to provoke or attack, but to unequivocally defend trans realities. A powerful exploration of a divisive topic, this book will be of interest to a wide audience of readers.

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