Amelioration and inclusion: Gender identity and the concept of woman

Jenkins, K. (2016) Amelioration and inclusion: Gender identity and the concept of woman. Ethics, 126(2), pp. 394-421. (doi: 10.1086/683535)

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Feminist analyses of gender concepts must avoid the inclusion problem, the fault of marginalizing or excluding some prima facie women. Sally Haslanger’s ‘ameliorative’ analysis of gender concepts seeks to do so by defining woman by reference to subordination. I argue that Haslanger’s analysis problematically marginalizes trans women, thereby failing to avoid the inclusion problem. I propose an improved ameliorative analysis that ensures the inclusion of trans women. This analysis yields ‘twin’ target concepts of woman, one concerning gender as class and the other concerning gender as identity, both of which I hold to be equally necessary for feminist aims.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jenkins, Dr Katharine
Authors: Jenkins, K.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Ethics
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISSN (Online):1539-297X

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