Disrupting the binary: a space for gender diversity
It is by now almost self-‐evident that binary models of the highly nuanced concept of gender are at best incomplete, and limit understanding of the diversity of gender expression. In this work, I summarise and critique standard models of gender. I discuss three broad approaches to gender: biological, social and biosocial. A central problem inherent in these approaches is that they almost always revert to a form of binary discourse — even as they critique such an approach — because the fundamental understanding of gender is rooted in discrete classifications. Drawing on theoretical discourse from prominent theorists, I explore an alternative approach to gender classifications and experiences. I suggest that new approaches and alternate models are needed to express ideas and data of gender more inclusively and with greater accuracy. This work includes my research and discussion of a gender spectrum as represented by a colour-‐wheel. I introduce the Colour-‐ Wheel of Gender Diversity and its practical applications. Exploration of diversity and its implications in both the personal realm and the social are essential in the quest to move towards ideals of fairness and equality. I believe that it is important to problem-‐solve issues of non-‐representation that cause oppression in our society and to enable legitimate understandings of a continuum of gendered realities.
Advisor: Beres, Melanie
Degree Name: Diploma for Graduates
Degree Discipline: Sociology
Keywords: development; diversity; formation; gender; identity; colour wheel of gender diversity
Research Type: Dissertation
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