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Sociology Annual Lecture: Terrell Carver

Mar 11, 2014, 4pm-6pm

The 2014 Sociology Annual Lecture will be given by Terrell Carver from the University of Bristol (U.K.). The lecture, "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man: Feminisms and Masculinities in Theory and Practice", takes its title from My Fair Lady, just one of the film images Carver will draw on to situate his argument.

This lecture will argue that gender/sex as a natural and naturalized binary is being eroded in practice, not just by the ambiguous and sometimes controversial process of invocation and contextual disavowal, but by further developments that apparently presage the erasure of gender, and therefore of woman. Carver will examine the prospects for “genderless” identity documents and also the “1 and 2” identities produced in contexts of same-sex marriage and adoption. He then reflects on the implications for heteronormative state regulation of inheritance and intestacy through traditional “blood” lines of legally obligatory kinship identities. Carver asks: Do these developments represent a process of nondiscrimination (analogous to race and sexuality) that works against the gendered oppression of women, or do they represent practices of erasure and “ungendering” that “undoes” a feminist politics of gender equality?


Location:Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building
Sponsor:Department of Sociology Research Committee
Posted by:Caitlin Janzen
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