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Response to Fugard and Hines

Sullivan, A; (2020) Response to Fugard and Hines. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 10.1080/13645579.2020.1768345. (In press).

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This article replies to the responses to my article on “Sex and the Census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity”. Fugard conflates sex itself with the characteristics associated with sex, such as finger length ratios, leading to the erroneous implication that binary sex is not a useful explanatory variable. Hines fundamentally misrepresents my article, claiming that I have argued against asking respondents to the 2021 Census about their gender identity. In fact I make clear that information on gender identity is useful, but cannot replace data on sex. Muddling gender identity and sex will lead to the collection of inaccurate data on both. Hines resorts to a series of ad hominem attacks rather than engaging with the substance of the argument. Neither Fugard nor Hines is able to give a reason why we should not seek to collect accurate data on sex in the census or elsewhere.

Type: Article
Title: Response to Fugard and Hines
DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2020.1768345
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1768345
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: UK census, sex, gender identity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10101878
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