Across and Beyond

The Semantics of Transgender Identity

  • Gunnar Lund
Keywords: philosophy, gender, transgender, gender binary, rorty, saussure


This paper examines two senses of the term “transgender:” transgender as across the gender binary and transgender as beyond the gender binary. Explored are the difficulties this ambiguity poses to transpeople. In short, using the theories of Ferdinand de Saussure and Richard Rorty, this paper argues that the meaning of “transgender” must simultaneously embrace both senses of the term, rather than one or the other.

How to Cite
Lund, G. (2012). Across and Beyond: The Semantics of Transgender Identity. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 5(1), 7-18. Retrieved from