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POLS 2150 Final: POLS 2150 Exam Question 1

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University of Guelph
Political Science
POLS 2150
Carol Dauda

Gender Exam Study Notes exam question 1 1. Explain the political challenges that trans activists face both within the movement and in society, including state responses in the UK and Canada. “We walk among you”: trans identity politics goes to the movies by sharon cowan (week 10) • Trans people have had trouble establishing an identity and citizenship in both Canada and UK • Researchers have been investigating in how trans see themselves in terms of sex/gender identity • However, there has been no research, at least in the United Kingdom, that corresponds to the kind of legal consciousness research on civil partnerships, asking trans people why (or why not) they turn to law and rights to solve social issues • Eg. Gender Recognition Act 2004 • The Gender Recognition Act 2004 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that allows transgender people to change their legal gender. It came into effect on 4 April 2005. • The only real talk about transgender people are in modern things (ie. soap opera (Coronation Street), a reality television show (Big Brother), advertisements for the soft drink “Irn Bru,” and in the lyrics of pop songs (such as the Welsh pop group Goldie Lookin’ Chain’s “Your Mother’s Got a Penis”) • a transgender day of remembrance ceremony was held in London in November 2008 to memorialize those who were killed in the previous year simply for being trans • ``discrimination, abuse, violence, poverty, and access to work and health care are fundamental to the daily lives of trans people • trans people have struggled for legal and social acceptance • However, at least in the United Kingdom, there has been a strong awareness of, and campaigning around, the significance of legal rights for trans people • relating to marriage, work, and the provision of goods and services • Katrina Roen argues that there are multiple kinds of trans groups • Group 1 (“both/neither” approach): being trans is about gender fluidity and challenging the heteronormative binaries of sex/gender. Passing is assimilationist • crossing with legal recognition, challenging heteronormat
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