Making Sex: Law’s Narratives of Sex, Gender and Identity

‘Making Sex: Law's Narratives of Sex, Gender and Identity’ (2003) 23 Legal Studies 66-103

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-66

Posted: 30 May 2019

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Beauvoir’s well-known phrase represents the later twentieth century’s attempt to understand sex, gender and identity. Her work lies in the vanguard of those who have highlighted the constructed and political nature of sex, gender and identity and posed a series of critical questions: How do we understand sex and how should we determine it? Should it be determined according to biology? According to anatomy? According to psychology? A combination of these factors, or other factors? Is it fixed at birth or is it something over which some agency can be exercised?

Keywords: Sex, Gender, Gender Identity

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Grenfell, Laura, Making Sex: Law’s Narratives of Sex, Gender and Identity (2003). ‘Making Sex: Law's Narratives of Sex, Gender and Identity’ (2003) 23 Legal Studies 66-103 ; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-66. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3396231

Laura Grenfell (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide

No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

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