Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James V. Carmichael, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Our ability to use words as we see fit is perhaps the primary measure of our intellectual freedom. Otherwise, we would live in a dream world, largely unexpressed. We form hierarchical classifications of value, create laws by which we function as societies, interpret law and custom, and make decisions that in turn are justified by ethical and moral understandings through words. This essay discusses words and their changing meanings over time as they have referred to sexual orientation and gender expression, and how language generally engages intellectual freedom. How humans have designated meaning by symbols and signs is one of the enduring objects of study.

Additional Information

The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases and Theories (pp.380-404)
Language: English
Date: 2014
LGBTQ, Intellectual Freedom, Sexual orientation, Gender Expression, Identity

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