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The term transmisogyny (also written trans-misogyny) was coined by Julia Serano in the mid-2000s as an intervention in discussions about anti-transgender prejudice. At the time, such prejudice was generally conceptualized in terms of transphobia, which targets people for their failure to conform to gender norms. Serano pointed out how, in a male-centric culture, gender transgressions toward the female or feminine—as typically occur in assigned-male-at-birth (AMAB) trans people—tend to garner more public sensationalization, consternation, and demonization than their trans male/masculine counterparts. Transmisogyny (a portmanteau of transphobia and misogyny) was intended to better capture this disparity.

Transmisogyny and the “Lesser Sex”

A rudimentary understanding of transmisogyny follows from the fact that women have historically been viewed as inferior to men in Western, North American culture, and therefore people tend ...

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