Critical Analysis on Hird's "Gender's Nature: Intersexuality, Transsexualism and the Sex Gender Binary"

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Critical Reading on Gender’s Nature: Intersexuality, Transsexualism and the Sex/Gender Binary

In this article, Hird’s uses feminist theory to support her studies, involving postmodernist concepts to the morphological notion of ‘sex’. She advanced on by unifying her study with evidence from two bodily forms: intersexuality and transsexualism that are currently challenging the modern ‘sex/gender’ binary. The purpose for Hird to take intersexuality and transsexualism into her argument is to demonstrate that it is not unusual for people to be born with an indefinite sex; ‘sex’ is socially inscribed and ambivalent; transsexuals who refuse to identify themselves undermine the two-sex and gender system or determine on an obscure sexual identity.   Hird recognizes that the sex/gender binary result in women’s oppression and the bifurcation between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ rise the issue of challenging the hierarchical relationship that subservient women to men. However, she argues that these fix notions of feminism and ‘sex/ gender’ need rigorous attention in order to perceive understandings about nature and it’s relevancy to sex/ gender.

Hird illustrates how feminist theories respecting ‘sex/ gender’ binary and indicate that ‘sex’ is biological and natural that initiates the social construction of gender. She clarifies how interrelated assumptions occur and ‘sex/gender’ binary often taken for granted due to the combination between nature and biology. Futhermore, when understanding the natures value, she supports her arguments base on feminist theorist Judith Butler (1990) points that “gender operates as an act of cultural inscription’. Hird seems to be successful in supporting her notion that challenges the ‘sex/gender’ binary, where the constitution of the physical body inflict the cultural inscription of gender. Hird applies Wittig’s (1993) theory of lesbian identity as an example, where the ‘sex/gender’ premise fails to work. Lesbians correspond...
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