This special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly on trans/feminisms profiles the remarkable breadth of work being carried on at the intersections of transgender and feminist scholarship, activism, and cultural production, both in the United States as well as in many countries around the world. It emerged from discussions within the journal’s editorial board about how to respond–if at all–to the April 2014 publication of Sheila Jeffreys’s Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism. As feminist scholars ourselves, we were concerned that Jeffreys’s work, published by a leading academic publisher and written by a well-known feminist activist and academic who has expressed hostility toward trans issues since the 1970s, might breathe new life into long-standing misrepresentations of individual trans experience and collective trans history and politics that have been circulated for decades by Mary Daly, Germaine Greer, Robin Morgan, Janice Raymond, and like-minded others. We wanted to trouble the transmission of those ideas–but how best to do so?
By Susan Stryker and Talia M. Bettcher, 2016