Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

“…And We Are Still Here”: From Berdache to Two-Spirit People

When we gathered people together for two invitational conferences on “Revisiting the ‘North American Berdache’ Empirically and Theoretically,” our aim was to create a dialogue between indigenous/Native people and aca- demicswho had written about them. The conferences,funded by the Wenner- Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, provided the start of collab orative work that took place…

Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Theory

Androgyny in late Ming and early Qing literature

The frequent appearance of androgyny in Ming and Qing literature has long interested scholars of late imperial Chinese culture. A flourishing economy, widespread education, rising individualism, a prevailing hedonism–all of these had contributed to the gradual disintegration of traditional gender roles in late Ming and early Qing China (1550-1750) and given rise to the phenomenon…

Art History Humanities Nonfiction Theory

Androgyny in Modern Literature

Androgyny in Modern Literature engages with the ways in which the trope of androgyny has shifted during the late nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. Alchemical, Platonic, sexological, psychological, and decadent representations of androgyny have provided writers with an icon which has been appropriated in diverse, often paradoxical, ways. Androgyny and the androgyne have signaled cultural regeneration and…

Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences

Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilizing Against Equality

After decades of steady progress in terms of gender and sexual rights, several parts of Europe are facing new waves of resistance to a so-called ‘gender ideology’ or ‘gender theory’. Opposition to progressive gender equality is manifested in challenges to marriage equality, abortion, reproductive technologies, gender mainstreaming, sex education, sexual liberalism, transgender rights, antidiscrimination policies…

Essay History Humanities Nonfiction

Third World/Third Sex: Gender, Orality and a Tale of Two Marias in Mia Couto and Paulina Chiziane

This paper will discuss the gendering of the critical divide between oral and literary culture in relation to two Mozambican short stories: ‘Maria Pedra no cruzar dos caminhos’ published in Mia Couto’s 2004 collection O Fio das Missangas and Paulina Chiziane’s ‘As Cicatrizes do Amor’ published in the 1994 anthology O Conto Moçam- bicano. Da…

Art Humanities Nonfiction Photography

The muxes of Juchitán: Representations of Non-binary Gender Identities in Contemporary Photography from Mexico

Nicola Ókin Frioli’s series of portraits entitled ‘We are Princesses in a Land of Machos’ (2004) represents the muxes of Juchitán, who occupy the non-binary gender position identifying as neither men nor women. Through analysing these images, this paper explains how still photography represents and contains alternative understandings and expressions of gender. Ókin Frioli’s photographs…

Art Biography Humanities Nonfiction Photography

Bordered Lives: Transgender Portraits from Mexico

A richly evocative collection of photographs by internationally renowned photographer Kike Arnal, Bordered Lives seeks to push back against the transphobic caricatures that have perpetuated discrimination against the transgender community in Mexico. Despite some important advances in recognizing and protecting the rights of its transgender community, including legislation against hate crimes targeting transgender people, discrimination…

Essay Humanities Social Sciences Theory

Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection Between Queer and Feminist Theory

Feminism is Queer is an introduction to the intimately related disciplines of gender and queer theory. While guiding the reader through complex theory, the author develops the original position of “queer feminism,” which presents queer theory as continuous with feminist theory. While there have been significant conceptual tensions between second wave feminism and traditional lesbian…