The Gender Binary And Gender Roles And Expectations Essay

1551 Words Dec 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Deconstructing the gender binary and gender roles and expectations, serves as an initial pedagogical tool in the discussion of trans identities in the classroom. Since trans identities are as much a part of the field of gender and sexuality studies as conventional cisnormative and heteronormative identities, they cannot be studied in isolation, but must rather be viewed in terms of intersectionality. Mary Armstrong, in her essay, “Towards a Queer Pedagogy of Conflicted Practice,” identifies a tension between “identity politics based ‘lesbian and gay studies’ and a ‘queer’ poststructuralist revision of subjectivity that works to overturn the hegemonic absolutism embedded in all fixed identity models” (86). According to Armstrong, a post-structural framework of queer theory allowed for the trans community to enter discussions about sexuality and gender as it “denaturalizes the excessive powers of traditional heterosexual identity, and it does the epistemological work of addressing how all sexual identities are constructed via any number of social, political, and cultural factors via history, language, power and institutions” (88). This allowed for a greater discussion on queer identities and trans issues in particular, but comes at the cost of destabilizing sex/gender identity categories in the classroom. Armstrong, therefore, turns to the work of Michael Apple to observe the “tensions between identity-stable and poststructuralist models for queer pedagogy” (89). Armstrong,…

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