Gender identities and feminism

Sally Hines

in transForming gender

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304074 | DOI:
Gender identities and feminism

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This chapter considers narratives of (trans)gender identity. It also proposes that findings from this research trouble feminist critiques of transgender practices. The chapter argues for a comprehensive incorporation of transgender experiences into future analyses of gender. The impact of a radical feminist attack on transgender practices was both personally and politically problematic for transgender men. It is suggested that the influence of poststructuralist theory and queer politics has encouraged contemporary feminism to pay greater attention to gender variance. The research shows that the gender of transition impacts upon participants' understandings of feminism. Gender has considerable bearing on the divergent experiences within feminist communities for transgender men and women during and after transition. It is suggested that, if attentive to gender diversity, contemporary feminism may provide a collective arena in which difference acts to produce a more extensive feminist knowledge.

Keywords: gender identity; feminism; transgender transition; radical feminist attack; poststructuralist theory; queer politics; gender diversity

Chapter.  6491 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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