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EP 863 Does Gender Matter?

Summary: From transgender bathroom bills to college admissions controversies, the concept of gender has been getting a lot of attention lately. But, how much does gender matter?
Air Date: 11/7/17
Duration: 21:03
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Heath Fogg Davis, PhD
Heath-Fogg-DavisHeath Fogg Davis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. He is the author of The Ethics of Transracial Adoption and Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?

As a professor of political science at Temple University, Davis teach courses on anti-discrimination law, democratic political theory, and the politics of race, gender, and sexuality. As a scholar, his research and publications probe the complex relationship between individual and collective identity in administrative and anti-discrimination law. As an activist, he collaborates with and advocates for marginalized communities including transgender and gender nonconforming people, women, people of color, LGBQ people, and low-income people.

All of his teaching, scholarship, and activism seeks institutional changes that can empower communities, alleviate structural violence, and build a more sustainable and just future.
EP 863 Does Gender Matter?
From transgender bathroom bills to college admissions controversies, the concept of gender has been getting a lot of attention lately.

But, how much does gender matter?

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Author Heath Fogg Davis asks that in his book, Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? Davis examines four areas where he re-thinks our sex-classification systems: documents such as birth certificates, driver's licenses and passports, public restrooms, single-sex colleges, and sports.

Tune in to hear him debate the usefulness of dividing the world into not just male and female categories but even additional categories of transgender and gender fluid.


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