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By Patricia Elliot

Transgender stories is a heterogeneous web site of dialogue that's marked via tensions, border wars, and rifts either in the box and between feminist and queer theorists. Intersecting the domain names of women’s stories, sexuality, gender and transgender reports, Debates in Transgender, Queer, and Feminist idea offers a serious research of key texts and theories, conducting a discussion with renowned theorists of transgendered id, embodiment and sexual politics, and intervening in numerous facets of a conceptually and politically tough terrain. A important quandary is the query of no matter if the theories and practices had to foster and safe the lives of transsexuals and transgendered individuals can be promoted or undermined - a priority that increases broader social, political, and moral questions surrounding assumptions approximately gender, sexuality, and sexual distinction; perceptions of transgendered embodiments and identities; and conceptions of divergent wants, pursuits and visions.

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I do so in light of a recent Canadian legal dispute over the exclusion of transwoman Kimberly Nixon from a rape crisis center where she sought the opportunity to volunteer. The eruption of this particular legal dispute demonstrates the inseparability of the two strands of feminist focus—women’s rights activism and questions of identity. Moreover, it demonstrates the need for further reflection on sex, gender, sexuality, and the body, especially in relation to transpersons. 13 As Butler (2004: 30) points out, the question of how one does gender ought not to be dismissed as a “merely cultural” issue, as it has “consequences for how gender presentations are criminalized and pathologized” as well as for how some people come to see themselves as entitled to disparage members of the trans community.

Such analyses complicate the issue of whether gender is or ought to be the 13 Debates in Transgender, Queer, and Feminist Theory coherent basis for identity. ” And Robyn Wiegman (2006) insists that the desire for gender is operative in all projects, including those that imagine they are queering, ending, or transcending gender intelligibility. The chapter therefore concludes by posing the question of whether, or to what extent, a more promising ethics might emerge from recognition of the basis of our mutual investments in being who we are, or in (un)becoming other.

Understanding psychic life is also an issue for Devor’s research participants who do not reduce their experiences to social or biological considerations. For them, as for Prosser, the psychical dimension of embodiment needs to be taken into account. Committed to maintaining a role for psychoanalysis and the unconscious in theorizing body politics, I extend these insights into a discussion of sexed embodiment. What are the possibilities for and the obstacles to addressing psychic complexity, especially if that complexity produces the diversity that others attribute to nature?

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