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Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Where To? Monstrosity, (Dis)Pathologization, Social (In)Security, and Transgender Identities

By Jorge Leite Junior, 2013

The goal of this article is to discuss the category “monster” and its intimate relationship with the pathologization and/or criminalization of certain people seen as “sexual deviants,” especially transvestites, transsexuals, and intersexuals. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, with the questioning of medical authority, the politicization of social movements of transvestites and transsexuals and the battle for their depathologization, whither the twisting paths of sex or gender, the “paraphilias” and “perversions” with all the persistent stigmatization they receive? Will they come to be embraced as something potentially dangerous by the ever-widening culture of security?

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