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Wendy McKenna & Suzanne Kessler

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 20: Transgendering: Blurring the Boundaries of Gender

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Transgendering: Blurring the Boundaries of Gender
Transgendering: Blurring the boundaries of gender

Transgender'is a complicated and contested term, whose meaning has considerable historical and situational specificity. This chapter considers the various meanings of transgender over the last thirty years and relates these meanings to some theoretical questions that have emerged from various academic and non-academic discussions, especially as they suggest directions for feminist inquiry. Transgendering radically deconstructs the meaning of gender categories and presents feminist scholars with possibilities for linking theory and practice.

Students recently voted to change the words ‘she’ and ‘he’ to ‘the students’ in the constitution of the student government association of Smith College. The move was instituted by students to make the document more welcoming to those who, although biologically female, do not ...

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