Misgendering in English language contexts: Applying non-cisgenderist methods to feminist research

  title={Misgendering in English language contexts: Applying non-cisgenderist methods to feminist research},
  author={Y. Gavriel Ansara and Peter V. Hegarty},
  journal={International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches},
  pages={160 - 177}
  • Y. Ansara, P. Hegarty
  • Published 1 August 2013
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches
Abstract The American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual (2010) cautions authors against generic masculine language, which uses ‘he’ and ‘man’ for all people. This misgendering designates people as members of a gender category with which they do not identify. Misgendering may occur to anyone, but is a particularly common experience of people typically labelled as ‘trans’. Misgendering is a form of cisgenderism, the discriminatory ideology that delegitimises people’s own… 

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