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Non-binary Activism

  • S. Bear Bergman
  • Meg-John Barker
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Part of the Critical and Applied Approaches in Sexuality, Gender and Identity book series (CAASGI)

Abstract

This chapter introduces the non-binary movement by summarising what has happened in non-binary activism so far in the UK, US, and Canada particularly. The first half of the chapter charts the history of the non-binary movement, highlighting the issues which non-binary activism has focused on. The second half of the chapter presents a personal reflection from Canada-based trans activist and writer S. Bear Bergman on non-binary activism. This specifically focuses on activism around language, given the binary gender nature of the English language, and the common struggles non-binary people face in relation to linguistic misgendering and microaggressions in their everyday lives.

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Further Reading

  1. Barker, M.-J., & Scheele, J. (2016). Queer: A Graphic History. London: Icon Books.Google Scholar
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  3. Bornstein, K., & Bergman, S. B. (Eds.). (2010). Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. New York: Avalon Publishing Group.Google Scholar
  4. Iantaffi, A., & Barker, M.-J. (2017). Gender: A Guide for Every Body. London: Jessica Kingsley.Google Scholar
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  6. Wilchins, R. A. (1997). Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender. Ann Arbor, MI: Firebrand Books.Google Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Bear Bergman
    • 1
  • Meg-John Barker
    • 2
  1. 1.TorontoCanada
  2. 2.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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