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Critique Essay Nonfiction

Cisgender Privilege, Intersectionality, and the Criminalization of CeCe McDonald: Why Intercultural Communication Needs Transgender Studies

By Julia R. Johnson, 2013

Intercultural communication scholars should address the lives of transgender persons and the (inter)discipline of transgender studies to develop our theorizing about gender and intersectionality and intervene in the violence against trans* persons. In this essay, the author presents the concepts of cisgender, cisprivilege, cissexism, and intersectionality and examines their relevance for persons who are transgender and for the field of intercultural communication. The author also applies these terms by analyzing the criminalization of CeCe McDonald, an African American, transfeminine woman who was assaulted and imprisoned for defending herself outside a Minneapolis, Minnesota bar in June 2011.

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