Button 4 Session 1 Sat

SUSAN MATTHEWS

SUSAN MATTHEWS

HOW THE GENDER IDENTITY WORKBOOK CREATES GENDER DYSPHORIA

I will show how the new genre of gender identity workbook effectively creates a new consciousness within its readers, creating anxiety and developing an obsession with the concept of gender which is understood as biologically innate. I will also argue that the cultural authority of gender ideology is based on a misreading of key theorists.

HEATHER BRUNSKELL-EVANS

HEATHER BRUNSKELL-EVANS

INVENTING THE TRANSGENDER CHILD: MEDICINE AND THE LAW

Heather will describe how the rationale for ‘transgendering’ children has grown out of the idea that ‘gender identity’ is pre-social. The new proposition (from transgender ideology) that ‘gender identity’ is an inherent, ‘born’ property is not a scientifically established fact but a disputed concept with a political history. The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock has at its core the issue of ‘gender identity’ defined by transgender theory and lobbying. The GIDS, along with changes to the law, has thus helped invent ‘the transgender child’ within the political, psycho-dynamic forcefield of transactivism and transgender theory