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Introduction

The following unitized readings examine cultural, political, and structural issues affecting transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals in the United States. This includes sociohistorical examinations of modern trans history, with particular attention given to the rise of transgender studies and transfeminism. The voices of trans women, people of color, and other TGNC people living at the margins will be highlighted for special consideration.


Texts

Required.

  • Transgender Studies Reader by Susan Stryker.
  • Whipping Girl: a Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano.
  • decolonizing trans/gender 101 by b. binaohan.
  • The Transgender Child: a Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill & Rachel Pepper.
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock.
  • Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.

Medical Frameworks

Early Conceptual Frameworks.

  • Pschopathia Sexualis with Special Reference to Contrary Sexual Instinct by Richard von Krafft-Ebing in Transgender Studies Reader.

Medicalization.

  • Transexualism and Transvestism as Psycho-Somatic and Somato-Psychic Syndromes by Harry Benjamin in Transgender Studies Reader.
  • Selection From Biological Substrates of Sexual Behavior by Robert Stoller in Transgender Studies Reader.

Non-Pathologizing Frameworks

  • Selections From The Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress by Magnus Hirschfeld in Transgender Studies Reader.

Resistance.

  • Pathological Science: Debunking Sexological and Sociological Models of Transgenderism by Julia Serano in Whipping Girl.
  • Mutilating Gender by Dean Spade in Transgender Studies Reader.

Modern Medicalization.


Feminisms

Trans Woman Exclusionary Feminisms.

  • Sappho by Surgery: The Transsexually Constructed Lesbian-Feminist by Janice Raymond in Transgender Studies Reader.

The Universal Womanhood Problem.

Trans Feminisms.

Early LGBTQ Activism.

Stonewall and Beyond.


Racism, Criminalization, and Capitalism

Colonial Narratives.

  • The closet as myth by b. binaohan in decolonizing trans/gender 101.
  • Closet as empire by b. binaohan in decolonizing trans/gender 101.
  • the closet as a reified white worldview by b. binaohan in decolonizing trans/gender 101.

Criminal Justice.

Sex Work.


Health

The (Cis) Medical Establishment.

HIV/AIDS.


Media

Journalism.

Representations.


Age

Youth.

  • The Transgender Child: a Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill & Rachel Pepper.
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock.
  • Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.