Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Queer Democracy Desire, Dysphoria, and the Body Politic

Queer Democracy undertakes an interdisciplinary critical investigation of the centuries-old metaphor of society as a body, drawing on queer and transgender accounts of embodiment as a constructive resource for reimagining politics and society. Daniel Miller argues that this metaphor has consistently expressed a desire for social and political order, grounded in the social body’s imagined…

History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

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,…

Biography Classics Critique History Humanities Law/Legal Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

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…

Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Just One of the Guys? Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

The fact that men and women continue to receive unequal treatment at work is a point of contention among politicians, the media, and scholars. Common explanations for this disparity range from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. Just One of the Guys? sheds new…

Anthology Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Transgender, Translation, Translingual Address

The emergence of transgender communities into the public eye over the past few decades has brought some new understanding, but also renewed outbreaks of violent backlash. In Transgender, Translation, Translingual Address Douglas Robinson seeks to understand the “translational” or “translingual” dialogues between cisgendered and transgendered people. Drawing on a wide range of LGBT scholars, philosophers,…

Critique Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution

Some “boys” will only wear dresses; some “girls” refuse to wear dresses; in both cases, as Ann Travers shows in this fascinating account of the lives of transgender kids, these are often more than just wardrobe choices. Travers shows that from very early ages, some at two and three years old, these kids find themselves…

Humanities Nonfiction Reference/Guide/Manual Social Sciences

Living Free & Equal: What States Are Doing to Tackle Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

The OHCHR publication “Living Free and Equal” provides an analysis of more than 200 examples of what States are doing to tackle violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and intersex people. It offers concrete guidance and inspiration for States based on initiatives taken by Governments, courts, parliaments, national human rights institutions and…

Anthology Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders

Transgender identities and other forms of gender and sexuality that transcend the normative pose important questions about society, culture, politics, and history. They force us to question, for example, the forces that divide humanity into two gender categories and render them necessary, inevitable, and natural. The transgender also exposes a host of dynamics that, at…

History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

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…