By Viviane Namaste

This e-book offers readers with an creation to modern transsexual politics in Canadian and Quebecois contexts. via various case reports with regards to the legislation, human rights, overall healthiness care, and prostitution, Dr Namaste exposes readers to the complexity of the problems concerned with wondering transsexual politics with regards to feminism. Written in obtainable language, and utilizing various varieties, together with interviews, essays, political speeches, the e-book will entice teachers, activists locally, and the overall reader.

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As Valerio argues: Her tale is finally a comforting panacea to all those lesbians who are losing their friends or lovers to the ever growing specter of FTM sex change … (B)ecause of its reliance on these shallow and negative clichés Stone Butch Blues is actually a revisionist lesbian feminist fairy tale about sex change. 3 The queer paradigm underlining discussions of transgender identity is also evidenced in university-based scholarship, with equally disastrous results for transsexuals. ”5 Like Butler and Feinberg in their work, Halberstam invokes a discourse that is first and foremost about feminism and lesbian/gay politics.

Dana Heller (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1997): 169–87. 33 SC pages 7/6/05 12:18 PM Page 34 | CHAPTER THREE | Transsexuals Behind Bars The following letter nominates PASAN (Prisoners’ HIV/AIDS Support Action Network) for the TFC Trans Planet Outstanding Organization Award for the work they have done to support transsexuals inside and outside of jail. Founded in 1991, PASAN is a national prisoners’ rights organization that offers HIV/AIDS education and support services. The community awards ceremony was designed to honour and celebrate the activism and energy of Toronto’s trans­ sexual and transgender communities.

I think that this preoccupation with identity actually works against us, because it prevents us from understanding how things work at an institutional level. And if we can’t even understand how things function to oppress us, then it’s going to be really hard to organize to do something about it. I said earlier that contemporary transsexual/transgendered politics can be characterized by two things: identity and health care. I turn now to issues of health care, as a way to think through further the relations between sex change and social change.

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