by Davina Cooper | Photo: Ben Kanter
Now is an exciting time to be asking the question: do we need an assigned legal gender.
Our recently started research project on gender’s legal future is situated in a swirl of critical and creative approaches to gender and its possible futures – in terms of what gender means, what it does, and how it can (or can’t) be lived. It is also situated in the midst of legal and political debates about gender transitioning. In different countries, amid social movement and activist pressure, governments are deciding how to reform the ways gender status is determined and altered.
Prefigurative law reform provides a way of thinking about how to change statutory law, engaging with current options but from a different place.