Robin Dembroff is an assistant professor of philosophy at Yale University and a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project.


The Nonbinary Gender Trap

Pablo Picasso: Maya with a Doll, 1938

California legislators, and progressive lawmakers in other states, may be acting from the best of motives, but this swath of new legislation rests on a dangerous mistake. I say this as a nonbinary person, one who identifies as genderqueer and uses the gender-neutral pronouns they and them. Adding “nonbinary” to the list of legal gender options does not address the core problem: any legal system that requires a person to record their gender perpetuates government control over our bodies and identities.