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“Gender(s)” Book Launch w/ Kathryn Stockton
August 31, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The King’s English Bookshop proudly presents an evening with University of Utah Distinguished Professor of English and Dean of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation, Kathryn Bond Stockton, who will discuss her new book, Gender(s). Kathryn will be in conversation with Erika George, University of Utah Professor of Law.
Order your copy of Gender(s) from The King’s English Bookshop and receive an autographed copy, while supplies last.
About the book:
Gender(s) explores the fascinating, fraught, intimate, morphing matter of gender. Stockton argues for gender’s strangeness, no matter how “normal” the concept seems; gender is queer for everyone, she claims, even when it’s played quite straight. And she explains how race and money dramatically shape everybody’s gender, even in sometimes surprising ways. Playful but serious, erudite and witty, Stockton marshals an impressive array of exhibits to consider, including dolls and their new gendering, the thrust of Jane Austen and Lil Nas X, gender identities according to women’s colleges, gay and transgender ballroom scenes, and much more.
Stockton also examines gender in light of biology’s own strange ways, its out-of-syncness with “male” and “female,” explaining attempts to fortify gender with clothing, language, labor, and hair. She investigates gender as a concept—its concerning history, its bewitching pleasures and falsifications—by meeting the moment of where we are, with its many genders and counters-to-gender. This compelling background propels the question that drives this book and foregrounds race: what is “the opposite sex,” after all? If there is no opposite, doesn’t the male/female duo undergirding gender come undone?