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Sacha M. Coupet and Ellen Marrus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723852

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.001.0001

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Policing Gender on the Playground

Policing Gender on the Playground

Interests, Needs, and Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth

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(p.186) 8 Policing Gender on the Playground
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Children, Sexuality, and the Law
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Sacha M. Coupet

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.003.0008

This chapter discusses the phenomenon of transgenderism and gender non-conformity in minors and examines the ways in which gender expression is subject to regulation within the public schools. The term “transgender” as applied to children typically encompasses a broader range of behaviors, including both the gender incongruency evident when some children express that they are “born in the wrong body” as well as those children whose gender expressions falls far outside of the stereotypical boundaries—a category referred to as “gender non-conforming children.” Unfortunately, research shows that transgender students often face unsafe school environments, including verbal harassment, physical harassment, and physical assault. The central question then is whether and how schools are required to make accommodations to support transgender children.

Keywords:   transgenderism, gender non-conformity, gender expression, transgender children

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