Debates in Transgender, Queer, and Feminist Theory: by Patricia Elliot

By Patricia Elliot

Transgender stories is a heterogeneous web site of dialogue that's marked through tensions, border wars, and rifts either in the box and between feminist and queer theorists. Intersecting the domain names of women’s stories, sexuality, gender and transgender reviews, Debates in Transgender, Queer, and Feminist thought presents a severe research of key texts and theories, conducting a discussion with widespread theorists of transgendered id, embodiment and sexual politics, and intervening in numerous features of a conceptually and politically tricky terrain. A important situation is the query of no matter if the theories and practices had to foster and safe the lives of transsexuals and transgendered people could be promoted or undermined - a priority that increases broader social, political, and moral questions surrounding assumptions approximately gender, sexuality, and sexual distinction; perceptions of transgendered embodiments and identities; and conceptions of divergent wishes, objectives and visions.

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Nixon filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Commission (in 1995), argued her case before the Human Rights Tribunal, and won (in January 2002). C. Supreme Court for Judicial Review”) on the grounds that the Tribunal “erred” in several areas of judgment, including that it ignored “all of the evidence before it,” a claim that is telling in itself. Rape Relief ’s petition met with success in December 2003, and an appeal (December 2005) was unsuccessful. Although Nixon sought leave from the Supreme Court of Canada to appeal the decision of the BC Court of Appeal in 2007, this request was denied.

One interesting set of questions Butler (2004: 2–3) raises might historically have been asked by non-trans feminists of our own status as women: If I am a certain gender, will I still be regarded as part of the human? Will the “human” expand to include me in its reach? If I desire in certain ways, will I be able to live? Will there be a place for my life, and will it be recognizable to the others upon whom I depend for social existence? Butler makes a convincing case that groups involved in what she calls “the new gender politics”—feminist, queer, antiracist, trans, and intersex—share many common grounds in terms of overall political goals.

Edwards calls its “article of faith” (para. 54). This article of faith refers to Rape Relief ’s contention that “the experience of living exclusively as a female” has “political and therapeutic significance” (para. 125) for its work and that those without such experience ought to be excluded. The question of who gets to be a woman, specifically whether living only part of one’s life as a woman makes one “woman-enough” (para. 118), has been and continues to be the main issue. Before discussing some of the disturbing ways this question has been taken up both before and after the various judgments, I will comment briefly on some of the other implications of the case as I understand it.

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