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A personal epistemology: towards gender diversity

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In spite of the growing public awareness of those who would identify as transgender, very little has changed in attitudes that would accord such people full approbation. The author takes the reader on a 40-year journey of discovery that has led her to an abiding interest in and dedication to the issues faced by people who do not fit within the gender binary of Western society. As well as describing a personal experience with someone who identifies as transsexual, the author relates two troubling experiences from her nursing career. Included in the discussion are linguistics, sexuality, and vocabulary. A personal epistemology is explored that incorporates unknowing, intuition, and embodiment, and the difference this view can make to the care of those who identify as gender-diverse.

Keywords: embodiment; epistemology; intuition; transgender; unknowing

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2010.00469.x

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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