Transcending Frozen Gender Stereotypes

Troels Bo Haarh Madsen, Mikkel Svanborg, Lena Kühn, Marie Lomholm Chemnitz, Clara Barba & Nikolaj Howard Kitchen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is centered around examining the root of gender stereotyping and discrimination. It entails an account for the heteronormative matrix as an inhibiting norm that was coined by Judith Butler. This ground-giving model will be explored and then applied to Simon Baron-Cohen who participates in the project as a representation of the heteronormative matrix. Cordelia Fine allows us to understand how the matrix influences our way of thinking and performing gender. Gender neutrality is then examined as a possible solution to this production and reproduction of the inhibiting hetero norm. We conclude that heteronormativity is contributing to gender inequality through the notion of inherent gender differences which triggers unjust distribution of privileges. We have found gender neutrality to be a sensible solution to this problem, but such a solution would necessitate improvements in its method of branding and spreading strategies.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2013
VejledereErnst Schraube


  • gender neutrality
  • Gender stereotypes