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Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U. S. Security State

Using an interdisciplinary framework, Mia Fischer connects media coverage with state regulation of transgender people to show how, despite their increased visibility in national discourse, dominant representations of trans people as deceptive, deviant, and threatening are used to justify, even normalize, state-sanctioned violence against transgender communities. The increased visibility of transgender people in mainstream media,…

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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves

There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical or biological) is as variable as gender (traditionally thought of…

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Trans-feminism: exploring the connections between feminism and transgender

A zine produced by the Feminist Activist Forum in July 2008. Contents include: – Changing the stories of trans-sexuality: A conversation between Red and Kris – Policed Social Boundaries by Robin – Trans-Feminism by Sherry O. – Why I Am A Trans Ally by Debi – 10 reasons why I am such a bad (tranny)…

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Speaking from the Heart: Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion

A chapter from Speaking from the Heart: Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion by Stephanie A. Shields. Specifically, the first chapter: “That ‘vivid, unforgettable condition’,” which introduces the concepts that Shields will present throughout the rest of the book. This chapter touches on various introductory segments, namely setting up the ideas of the gendered…

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The Institution of Berdache Among the North American Plains Indians

The institution of berdache in aboriginal North America is a relatively well-known phenomena among social scientists, yet a thorough, comprehensive investigation of the institution is lacking. In general, it involved a socially recognized means by which an individual might assume the dress, role, and status of the opposite sex. In this paper, the institution of…

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Orientalist Obsessions: Fabricating Hyper-Reality and Performing Hyperfemininity in Thailand’s Kathoey Tourism

Depictions of servile and hypersexual transwomen have come to reinforce Thailand’s reputation as an exotic and erotic playground. Despite their almost ubiquitious presence in tourist spaces, the theorization of transgender subjectivities from a localized Asian perspective tends to be glossed over in the literature on leisure and recreation, perhaps due to their complex position within…

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Kathoey “In Trend”: Emergent Genderscapes, National Anxieties and the Re-Signification of Male-Bodied Effeminacy in Thailand

In Thailand, genderscapes, or the terrain of gender and sexuality, continue to evolve quickly, with male-to-female transgenderisms and effeminate gay identities proliferating alongside masculine ones. The previous coding of kathoey in popular discourse as being traditional is shifting to one that identifies ‘‘kathoeyness’’, or male effeminacy, with modernity. Recent incidents point to a discursive shift…

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The Third Sex: The Idea of the Hermaphrodite in Twelfth-Century Europe

One of the most productive points of contact between feminist scholarship and poststructural thought has been their mutual interest in sexuality and the body.’ From both feminist and poststructuralist perspectives, sexuality has increasingly come to be seen not as biological but as a cultural construction, subject to fashioning and redefinition under pressure from social forces…