Delusions of Gender

Anne Cecilie Overgaard, Simone Barnekow Nielsen, Saskia van Dam Joensen & Sara Albu Arabi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project strives to examine how gender is established in children. Throughout the project, we have taken into consideration what roles society and biological determinism play in the establishment of gender. Furthermore, the project examines how gender performativity and societal influence can help us get a better picture of the gender establishment. The paper is written as a philosophical discussion with a point of departure in experimental psychologist Cordelia Fine’s book ‘Delusions of Gender’, with theoretical notions of philosopher Judith Butler, mainly from her book ‘Gender Trouble’. The paper finds that there are multiple ways of viewing this topic, as the conclusion depends on personal experiences, theoretical background and field of study. Adding to this examination of how gender is established in children, we have added a case named the Joan/John case to be able to add the notions from the paper to a real life situation.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2015
VejlederePatrick Rowan Blackburn


  • children
  • sex
  • Gender
  • Joan/John