Full-Frontal Morality: The Naked Truth about Gender
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2011
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 319–337, Spring 2012
How to Cite
BETTCHER, T. M. (2012), Full-Frontal Morality: The Naked Truth about Gender. Hypatia, 27: 319–337. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2011.01184.x
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2011
This paper examines Harold Garfinkel's notion of the natural attitude about sex and his claim that it is fundamentally moral in nature. The author looks beneath the natural attitude in order to explain its peculiar resilience and oppressive force. There she reveals a moral order grounded in the dichotomously sexed bodies so constituted through boundaries governing privacy and decency. In particular, naked bodies are sex-differentiated within a system of genital representation through gender presentation—a system that helps constitute the very boundaries between the public and private.