On Bad Faith and Authenticity

Rethinking Genderless Subjectivity

In: Simone de Beauvoir Studies
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  • 1 Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, USA

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This article considers the ethical dimension of contemporary first-person avowals of genderless or agender subjectivity. Drawing on Talia Mae Bettcher’s transfeminist account of transgender first-person authority and Simone de Beauvoir’s existentialist notion of choice, the author argues that authentic first-person avowals of genderlessness are gestures that pursue ethical self–other relations. In doing so, this article reconciles Beauvoir’s claim that a woman who says she is “just human” is in bad faith with genderless trans subjectivities.

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