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Sally Hines

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349163

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349163.001.0001

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Gender identities and feminism

Gender identities and feminism

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(p.85) Four Gender identities and feminism
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transForming gender
Author(s):

Sally Hines

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349163.003.0005

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

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