By Sheila Jeffreys

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It is barely lately that transgenderism has been authorised as a sickness for which therapy is obtainable. within the Nineteen Nineties, a political circulation of transgender activism coalesced to crusade for transgender rights. significant social, political and felony adjustments are happening in reaction and there's expanding reputation via governments and lots of different corporations and actors of the legitimacy of those rights.

This provocative and debatable ebook explores the implications of those adjustments and gives a feminist standpoint at the ideology and perform of transgenderism, which the writer sees as destructive. It explores the consequences of transgenderism at the lesbian and homosexual group, the companions of people that transgender, youngsters who're pointed out as transgender and the folk who transgender themselves, and argues that those are damaging. In doing so the publication contends that the phenomenon relies upon intercourse stereotyping, known as 'gender' – a conservative ideology that types the basis for women's subordination. Gender Hurts argues for the abolition of ‘gender’, which might get rid of the reason for transgenderism.

This ebook can be of curiosity to students and scholars of political technology, feminism and feminist thought and gender experiences.

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The idea of gender offered a way out of the difficult situation in which such men would otherwise be seen as sexually motivated by a ‘paraphilia’ to crossdress or change sex. The association with sexuality created problems for their access to treatment, and to the seriousness with which they were regarded in the public world. The idea of a ‘gender’ mistake, in which they mysteriously incorporated a ‘feminine essence’, washed them clean of sleaze and enabled them to constitute themselves as a confident rights-bearing minority who were just born different.

She says that it is ‘important’ to ‘underscore the agency of transsexual subjects insofar as they forced the medical profession to respond to their demands’ (Hausman, 1995: 110). Hausman sees the alliance of transgenders with doctors as the defining element in the construction of transgenderism. ). It recognised their desires as a form of mental illness caused by being possessed of an anomalous, but essential, ‘gender’. The identity of transgenders, therefore, depended on the medical profession, and it was their demand for surgery that distinguished them from the other categories of sexual deviance that sexologists were involved in diagnosing and regulating, such as homosexuality.

These ideas were too radical for the 1990s, which were not daring times politically. In that much less revolutionary decade, individual bodies were challenged rather than the body politic, such that body modification, branding, cutting and tattooing came to be seen as progressive practices (Jeffreys, 2000). Queer politics coincided with the marketisation of many areas of life, including sex, and the queer consumer was born. More and more sex industry practices were incorporated into lesbian and gay social life, such as drag shows and strip shows.

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