On the Basis of Sex: Trans Identity and the Law

November 5, 2021 at 6:30 PM

with Gayle Salamon, PhD 


6:30-8:00 p.m.  

Friday Night Guest Lectures are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below).  

Last year, the Supreme Court held in Bostock v. Clayton County that discrimination against gay and transgender individuals is indeed discrimination "on the basis of sex", which is prohibited by title XII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  But what does the Court understand “sex” to mean? This talk will analyze the court’s understanding of sex, sexuality, gender, and transgender that emerges in this case, and will offer a phenomenological reading of the embodied relations on display during the court’s oral arguments.  

Gayle Salamon, PhD, is presenting a virtual Friday Night Guest lecture at Austen Riggs.Gayle Salamon, PhD, is professor of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her research interests include phenomenology, feminist philosophy, Merleau-Ponty, queer and transgender theory, contemporary Continental philosophy, and disability studies.  She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (Columbia University Press, 2010) winner of the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Her most recent book The Life and Death of Latisha King:  A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia (NYU Press, 2018) uses phenomenology to explore the case of Latisha King, a trans girl who was shot and killed in her Oxnard, California junior high school by a classmate.  Her co-edited volume with Gail Weiss and Ann Murphy, titled Fifty Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2019. She is currently at work on two projects: a manuscript on imagination and ethics in mid-century phenomenology, and a monograph exploring narrations of bodily pain and disability in contemporary memoir entitled Painography: Metaphor and the Phenomenology of Chronic Pain. 

Recent articles include “What’s Critical about Critical Phenomenology” for the inaugural issue of Puncta:  A Journal of Critical Phenomenology (2018), “The Meontology of Masculinity:  Notes on Castration Elation,” in parallax (2016), and “Gender Essentialism and Eidetic Inquiry,” which won the Iris Marion Young Prize for Best Paper in Feminist Philosophy at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and was published in Rethinking Feminist Phenomenology (2018).   

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.   



Pending for: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, Nursing, LMHC    

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.         

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

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The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.        

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.        

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This live interactive webinar program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for (1) contact hour(s).          

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1.5 hours