Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2006 transforming feminisms cvr
256 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 2006
Print ISBN: 9781894549615
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Trans/forming Feminisms is a groundbreaking anthology that challenges us to build a more inclusive transfeminist politics. A must read for students, academics and social and political activists interested in tackling these compelling and challenging issues.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Trans/forming Feminisms
Krista Scott-Dixon

SECTION I: NARRATIVES & VOICES

Introduction
Krista Scott-Dixon

1. On the Origins of Gender
Darryl B. Hill

2. The Language Puzzle: Is Inclusive Language a Solution?
Alexander Pershai

3. Female by Surgery
Lesley Carter

4. Sometimes Boy, Sometimes Girl: Learning to be Genderqueer through a Child's Eyes
Shannon E. Wyss

5. Walking in the Shadows: Third Gender and Spirituality
Gigi Raven Wilbur

SECTION II: IDENTITIES & ALLIANCES

Introduction
Krista Scott-Dixon

6. Feminist Transmasculinities
reese simpkins

7. Where's the Beef? Masculinity as Performed by Feminists
Kyle Scanlon

8. Our Bodies Are Not Ourselves: Tranny Guys and the Racialized Class Politics of Embodiment
Bobby Noble

9. The Feminist Cross-Dresser
Miqqi Alicia Gilbert

10. Queer Femmes Loving FTMs: Towards an Erotic Transgendered Ethics
Susan Driver

11. It's a Long Way to the Top: Hierarchies of Legitimacy in Trans Communities
Alaina Hardie

12. Miss Whitey Says: A Rant Against Oppression in Mainstream Feminism
Ros Salvador

SECTION III: INCLUSION & EXCLUSION

Introduction
Margaret Denike

13. Acting Queerly: Lawyering for Trans People
barbara findlay

14. Women's SPaces Are Not Trans Spaces: Maintaining Boundaries of Respect
A. Nicki

15. The Ethics of Exclusion: Gender and Politics at the Michigan Womyn's Festival
Susanne Sreedhar & Michael Hand

16. Competing Claims from Disadvantaged Groups: Nixon v. Vancouver Rape Relief Society
Joanna Harris

17. Strategic Essentialism on Trial: Legal Interventions and Social Change
Lara Karaian

SECTION IV: SHELTER & VIOLENCE

Introduction
Krista Scott-Dixon

18. Understanding Transphobia: Authenticity and Sexual Violence
Talia Mae Bettcher

19. Safe at Home: Redefining the Politics of Rape and Its Aftermath
Lynnette Dubois

20. Anti-Violence Work in Transition
Joshua Golberg & Caroline White

21. Transforming Values / Engendering Policy
Wolfgang Vachon

Conclusion: Towards Transfeminisms
Krista Scott-Dixon

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Contributors

Krista Scott-Dixon

Krista Scott-Dixon has a PhD in Women's Studies and currently teaches and does research at York University. She is one of the editors of Trans-Health.com, an online health and fitness zine for trans people, and the author of Doing IT: Women Working in Information Technology.

Doing IT, Trans/forming Feminisms

Reviews

"Trans/forming Feminisms takes feminist inquiry to a new level, beyond the traditional gender binary that generated feminism itself. Through the prism of trans experience, the clear voices assembled here provide a profound and thought-provoking exploration of gender-related political analysis and social justice initiatives. Highly recommended! I look forward to having this excellent book on my shelf!"
Jamison Green, activist and educator, author of Becoming a Visible Man

"Scott-Dixon's exciting new collection offers a compassionate, timely and deeply personal assortment of essays on trans life-experiences and political aspirations for what might be called a fourth-wave transfeminism."
Sheila L. Cavanagh, Assistant Professor of Sociology, York University

"Feminists have long been struggling with how to best relate to transgendered people -- and there have been some rough spots along the way. If you want to better understand some of the practical challenges and tough questions that transgendered people pose for feminist theory, you'll find Trans/forming Feminisms provides varied perspectives and valuable insights."
Aaron H. Devor, Dean, University of Victoria, author of FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society

"Feminists have long been struggling with how to best relate to transgendered people — and there have been some rough spots along the way. If you want to better understand some of the practical challenges and tough questions that transgendered people pose for feminist theory, you'll find Trans/forming Feminisms provides varied perspectives and valuable insights."
—  Aaron H. Devor, Dean, University of Victoria

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