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Transgender Feminism

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Kirstin Wiley

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of Transgender Feminism

Transgender Feminism: Queering the Woman Question by Stryker
bringing transgender phenomena into mainstream feminism and women’s studies will
1) transform this activism and scholarship by making obvious the structures of domination and control
2) make justice more possible
3) bring together queer and feminist projects in productive ways.
Transgender feminism focuses on the importance of the body and embodied experiences while describing gender as a series of possible configurations and positions.

Theoretical and Sexual Perspectives on Gender
Stryker defines transgender as “a way of being a man or a woman, or a way of marking resistance to those terms” (p.88) and “transgender phenomena” are broadly defined as “anything that disrupts or denaturalizes normative gender, and which calls our attention to the processes through which normativity is produced and atypicality achieves visibility” (p. 85).
How might transgender
feminism challenge
social control you
How do the constraints of sex and gender affect your embodied experiences?
Transgender feminism suggests that socially constructed hierarchies are based upon bodily differences. Understanding transgender examples of nonconforming genders can disrupt the power structures behind various oppressions and privileges. Transgender practices and identities highlight the contradictions in gender, sex, and sexuality.
How do transgender phenomena focus feminism on embodied experiences? Why is this important?
What does transgender mean?

Do you agree with
Stryker that transgender transgender
is not an identity?

Gender is a mechanism of domination. Transgender stigma, which strips away or misattributes a person’s gender, has been used as a form of social control to limit how people demonstrate their gender identities.
Second wave feminism, particularly cultural and lesbian separatist feminism, was transphobic and even worked to erase the history of the transgender movement.
Transgender issues are important to feminism because 1) it offers a revisionist history of feminism, 2) it engages many of the prominent questions in the social sciences and humanities and 3) postmodern or poststructuralist scholars have used transgender examples as evidence for their theories and conclusions.
Although the numbers of transgender individuals may be small, articulating transgender issues taps into issues faced by all of the subgroups (racial, economic, sexual identities, etc) within feminism. Additionally, transgender issues bridge feminist/gender studies and queer studies.
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