Critique Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Theory

Reflections: Egg Hatching; Or, Letting the Eighteenth Century Be Trans

For the past several decades, scholars have examined the queer identities and sexual practices in eighteenth-century materials. However, queer and non-normative gender has been less frequently researched, even within the body of scholarship devoted to queer eighteenth-century studies. Scholars often take at face value the period’s gender norms, thereby suppressing the fact of a transgender…

Biography Critique History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City

Queer history is a living practice. Talk to any group of LGBTQ people today, and they will not agree on what story should be told. Many people desire to celebrate the past by erecting plaques and painting rainbow crosswalks, but queer and trans people in the twenty-first century need more than just symbols–they need access…

Anthology Biography Critique Essay History Humanities Law/Legal Social Sciences Theory

Trans Dilemmas Living in Australia’s Remote Areas and in Aboriginal Communities

Trans Dilemmas presents the findings of a three-year research project which examined the lived experiences of trans people in Australia’s Northern Territory. The book argues that whilst trans people, who live in remote areas, experience issues which may not be distinct from those living in urban areas and the inner-city, these issues can be aggravated…

Biography Critique Essay History Humanities Journal/Diary Law/Legal Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Coming Out of the Shadows and the Closet: Visibility Schemas Among Undocuqueer Immigrants

Centering the experiences of 31 undocuqueer immigrants, this study seeks to understand the ways that undocuqueer immigrants negotiate the boundaries of social performance by revealing or concealing their gender, sexuality, and immigration status. Findings of this study reveal how, in order to avoid the constant threat of rejection (both legal and social), undocuqueer immigrants engage…

Art Critique Essay History Humanities Journal/Diary Nonfiction Social Sciences Theater/Play Theory

En/Activist Drag: Kings Reflect on Queerness, Queens, and Questionable Masculinities

In recent years, media attention to drag performers has increased transforming the once-hidden leisure activity of gay men and lesbians into a publicly recognized phenomenon. Many of these representations of drag have fallen short in offering reflective illustrations of the connections among gender identity, performance, misogyny, patriarchy, and activism. In response, we find ourselves studying…

Critique Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Everyday Decolonization: Living a Decolonizing Queer Politics

This article is a joint exploration of what decolonization looks like in everyday interactions within our partnerships, families, and friendships on unceded Coast Salish territories. Stories from the authors—two cisgender queer women, one of whom is Indigenous and one of whom is a White settler—highlight intimate practices of allyship and decolonization that are often made…

Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: On Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion

This essay examines the stereotype that transgender people are “deceivers” and the stereotype’s role in promoting and excusing transphobic violence. The stereotype derives from a contrast between gender presentation (appearance) and sexed body (concealed reality). Because gender presentation represents genital status, Bettcher argues, people who “misalign” the two are viewed as deceivers. The author shows…

Critique Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

From the stage to the clinic: changing transgender identities in post-war Japan

This paper looks at the transformation of male-to-female transgender identities in Japan since the Second World War. The development of print media aimed at a transgender readership is outlined, as is the development of bars, clubs and sex venues where transgendered men sought both partners and commercial opportunities. The origin of various transgender ‘folk categories’…