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Gender’s wider stakes: lay attitudes to legal gender reform

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posted on 11.11.2020, 13:48 by Elizabeth PeelElizabeth Peel, Hannah Newman
The Future of Legal Gender (FLaG) project is interested in examining the implications, for a wide range of stakeholders, of changing how legal sex/gender is regulated in England and Wales. In this article, we explore the views of ‘the wider public’ as manifest in responses to our ‘Attitudes to Gender’ survey (n=3,101), which ran October to December 2018. Generally, respondents were invested in the status quo regarding a binary two-sex registration of gender close to birth. We discuss this finding with reference to cisgenderism and endosexism, focusing particularly on being critical of‘gender’ and foregrounding biological sex, and views for and against self-identifying gender. In tandem, we also provide a critical commentary on the methodological positives and pitfalls associated with online survey research on a ‘topical’ issue. We suggest that cisgenderism could provide a less individualised framework for understanding different people’s hopes and worries with regard to both the current legal gender framework, and the possibility of reform.

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ESRC Reforming Legal Gender (Peel) : 330 22520

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • Communication and Media

Published in

Feminists at Law

Volume

10

Issue

2

Publisher

University of Kent

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the University of Kent under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY 3.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. This paper was initially published in Feminists at Law, 10 (2).

Acceptance date

16/06/2020

Publication date

2020-11-08

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2046-9551

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Elizabeth Peel. Deposit date: 8 July 2020

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