In this roundtable response to Joy Ladin's “Genesis of Gender,” the author affirms the possibilities for a theology of liberation arising from the book of Genesis but places a greater emphasis on humanity's cocreative and subcreative role in generation of gender. The author unpacks the act of naming in Genesis 2, specifically God's instruction for humanity to assign names to animals as the first act in a series of assigning meaning, associations, and genders to creation. The author argues that this role is complicated by the command to increase and multiply, which expands and transforms both creation and subcreative names of gender. This dynamism in creation and subcreation should prompt the regular liberation from inaccurate and oppressive gender identities, allowing for a greater degree of self-naming and self-composition.

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