This book by Heath Fogg Davis revolves around a conversation on gender identity in different levels and even questions the need gender classification. Davis questions why we have to mark gender in various aspects of life like in birth certificates, admissions, or even in bathroom doors. Do these identities serve a real purpose or it’s just a mechanism of exclusion? He offers a call for people to rethink on the need for dividing the world into just male and female.
“All of us would be better off in a society with dramatically fewer sex classification policies.” He argues that its gender segregation that triggers sexist behavior that affects both Trans and cis people for it points out hierarchical differences. Moreover, most of the efforts to reduce gender segregation end up excluding the Trans people further. Speaking from his own experience he even challenges sex discrimination in the courts and news. To him, this is the best solution to alleviate sex identity discrimination and sex-based disadvantage.
“Clearly articulate the ‘substantial’ connection between its use of sex classification and institutional objectives.” Here he analyses how the CDC’s policy fails to meet the minimalist’s standards encouraging sex identity discrimination. The CDC policies encourage the collection if sex-specific data on public health records the policy that he suggests that should be eliminated. His recommendations are that the CDC should have a clear definition of the use of sex related terms.
“Historical female colleges.” This is one of the ways that the government and the public, in general, have encouraged sex identity discrimination. Setting aside public institutions for specific gender implies that other gender identities are excluded. The Trans in the case where there exist female and male public amenities they are left segregated.