Transgender 101

19 Feb 2017

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This is a work in progress. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to email me at marilyn@marilync.co.

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.

Pathology

Early Conceptual Frameworks.

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

Medicalization.

Second Wave Feminism.

  • Sappho by Surgery: The Transsexually Constructed Lesbian-Feminist by Janice Raymond in Transgender Studies Reader.
  • Divided Sisterhood: a Critical Review of Janice Raymond’s The Transsexual Empire by Carol Riddel in Transgender Studies Reader.
  • The Empire Strikes Back: a Posttranssexual Manifesto by Sandy Stone.

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.

LGBT Activism

20th Century to Stonewall.

Assimilation & Erasure.

Queering Gender & Creation of the ‘Genderqueer’.


Transfeminism

Introduction.

Transmisogyny.


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.

Me

Marilyn is a sociology student at Georgia State University. She's also an activist and organizer for a number of student organizations.