Books in Brief
What Even Is Gender?
“Debates about gender are everywhere. Is it an inner identity, a biological fact, or an oppressive system? Should we respect it or resist it?
What Even Is Gender? shifts the conversation in a fresh direction, arguing that these debates rest on a shared mistake: the idea that there is one thing called 'gender' that both sides are arguing about. The authors distinguish a range of phenomena that established vocabulary often lumps together. This sheds light on the equivocations and false dichotomies of 'gender' talk, and how they deny many of us the tools to make our needs, experiences, and concerns intelligible to others or even to ourselves.”