Gender Norms and Intersectionality: Connecting Race, Class and Gender

Gender Norms and Intersectionality: Connecting Race, Class and Gender

by Riki Wilchins


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There have been few, if any, attempts to translate the immense library of academic studies on gender norms for a lay audience, or to illustrate practical ways in which their insights could (and should) be applied. Similarly, there have been few attempts to build the case for gender in diverse fields like health, education, and economic security within a single book, one which also uses an intersectional lens to address issues of race and class. This book not only looks at the impact of rigid gender norms on young people who internalize them, but also shows how the health, educational, and criminal justice systems with which young people interact are also highly gendered systems that relentlessly police and sustain very narrow ideas of masculinity and femininity, particularly among youth.
Current treatments of a "gender lens" or "gender analysis" both at home and abroad usually conflate gender with women and/or trans. Gender Norms and Intersectionality shows conclusively how this is both inadequate and wrong-headed. It documents why gender norms must be moved to the center of the discourses aimed at improving life outcomes for at-risk communities. And it does so while acknowledging the insights of queer theorists about bodies, power, and difference.
This book provides a starting point for a long overdue movement to elevate "applied gender studies," providing both a reference and guide for researchers, students, policymakers, funders, non-profit leaders, and grassroots advocates. It aims to transform readers' view of a broad array of familiar social problems, such as basic wellness and reproductive health; education; economic security; and partner, male-on-male, and school violence-showing how gender norms are an integral if overlooked key to understanding each.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786610843
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/22/2019
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Riki Wilchins is an author, activist and gender theorist. Riki currently serves as Executive Director of TrueChild, a network of experts and researchers that helps funders, nonprofits and policymakers challenge rigid gender norms by connecting race, class and gender. Riki has been a leading advocate for gender rights and gender justice for over two decades, one of the founders of modern transgender political activism in the 1990s, and one of its first theorists and chroniclers. In 1995, Riki launched The Transexual [sic] Menace, the first national transgender street action group with chapters in 41 cities. The following year she launched GenderPAC, the first national political advocacy group devoted to the right to one's gender identity and expression. Riki was an early supporter in the launch of the intersex rights movement, as well as the movement for alternative sexualities. She is the author of five books on gender theory and politics: Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion & the End of Gender; Queer Theory/Gender Theory: An Instant Primer; Burn the Binary! Selected Writings on the Politics of Trans, Genderqueer and Nonbinary; Trans/Gressive: How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media and Congress... and Won!; Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary (with editors Claire Howell and Joan Nestle); and this volume. Riki's writing and research on gender norms have been published in popular periodicals like The Village Voice and Social Text, as well as peer reviewed publications like the Journal of Homosexuality and the Journal of Research on Adolescence, as well as dozens of anthologies. Riki has overseen training on gender norms for public agencies like the White House, the Centers for Disease Control, HHS Office of Adolescent Health, and HHS Office on Women's Health, and for philanthropic networks like the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Women's Funding Network. The New York Times has profiled Riki's work; in 2001 Time Magazine selected them as one of "100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century." Riki is currently working on a murder mystery titled, "The Sound of Angels Falling."

Table of Contents

Foreword: Why this Book / Part I: Understanding Gender Norms / 1. A Gender Vacuum / About Gender Norms / Part II: Gender Norms and Education, Health, Violence / 3. Sexual and Reproductive Health / 4. Education: Academia, Arts and Sports / 5. Health and Wellness: Care Seeking / 6. Bullying and Violence / Part III: Gender Norms and Race / 7. Young Black Women and Health / 8. Young Latinas and Feminine Norms / 9. Young Black Men and Masculinity / 10. Violence against Transgender Women / 11. Women and Girls in The Global South / 12. International Lessons and Practices / Afterword: The Next Steps

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