Lecture 10: Transgender

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3 Apr 2013
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SOCB22 Lecture 10 (March 18)
Contesting Gender Binaries
Two Hot Transsexuals video
o What is the message of this clip?
Mock the invasive, ridiculous questions that they
are asked all the time.
When they turn the question around it show that
they don‟t want to answer these questions, just
like we don‟t.
How people who are transgender are very fluid
and are faced with violence so they get us to see
the ridiculousness.
Pointing out that a lot of options (example:
surgery) are not available to the average person.
Transgender Identities and Politiics
Key Questions:
o What is at stake in the definition of transgender or
transsexual?
o How do transgender, transsexual, and intersex
identities complicate commonplace understandings of
gender and sex?
Transgender: Naming
Emerges as a category in the 1950s
Describes a whole range of identities
There isn‟t just one definition
It is fluid, and changing. Overtime it has meant different
things.
Transgendering
“People who cross from one gender category to another,
without necessarily having or wanting the genitals that
traditionally signal the crossing, are doing something new.
Having a public gender identity that does not depend on the
matching genital is new. Having serial genders is new. What
is not new is that there is still only male or female, even if
one‟s lived experience combines both in some way” –McKenna
and Kessler.
o Our language limits us, because we still have binaries
(man/woman). This is what the difficulty is with
transgender politics, because language needs to be
created for them to be described without being limited.
Beyond Gender
“Many of those who identify as transgender in this third
meaning [beyond or through] commonly displa, on a deep
level, the understanding that gender is socially constructed,
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Mock the invasive, ridiculous questions that they are asked all the time. When they turn the question around it show that they don t want to answer these questions, just like we don t. How people who are transgender are very fluid and are faced with violence so they get us to see the ridiculousness. Pointing out that a lot of options (example: surgery) are not available to the average person. Emerges as a category in the 1950s. People who cross from one gender category to another, without necessarily having or wanting the genitals that traditionally signal the crossing, are doing something new. Having a public gender identity that does not depend on the matching genital is new. What is not new is that there is still only male or female, even if one s lived experience combines both in some way mckenna and kessler: our language limits us, because we still have binaries (man/woman).

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