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Feminist Solidarity after Queer Theory: The Case of Transgender

By Cressida J. Heyes, 2003

It is by now clear that feminist politics needs to speak to (and be spoken by) many more subjects than women and men, heterosexual women and lesbians. How—in theory and in practice—should feminism engage bisexuality, intersexuality, transsexuality,1 transgender, and other emergent identities that reconfigure both conventional and conventionally feminist understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality?2 For me this question takes its most pressing forms when I think about how effective alliances can be forged in feminist spaces. How should feminists imagine and create com- munities that take the institutions and practices of sex, gender, and sex- uality to be politically relevant to liberation? How might such communities incorporate our manifest and intransigent diversity and build solidarity?

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