gendering

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1183

Definition

A concept from feminist theory, with a denotative meaning of integrating the gender perspective into the understanding and construction of persons, phenomena, reflections, things, relationships, sectors of action, societal subsystems and institutions. In relation to people, the term ‘gendering’ refers to the process of socialisation according to the dominant gender norms. It may also refer to the adoption of an alternative gender identity, and the transcendence of all the recognised modes of how to be, live and subvert gender (gender fluidity).

The contemporary conceptualisation of gendering in the domain of the gender identity of women is historically indebted to Simone de Beauvoir’s renowned thesis, expressed in her Second Sex: ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.’

Source(s)

Šribar, R. (2015), ‘Glossary of common terms in gender equality and feminist theory’, in M. Ule, R. Šribar and A. U. Venturini, eds., Gendering Science: Slovenian Surveys and Studies in the EU Paradigms, Vienna, Echoraum.

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