A delicate exploration of the discrimination that gender-diverse people face, this book analyzes the relationship between gender identity & performance in the workplace while considering the emotional & economic survival of those who identify as transgender. The trans community is more visible now than ever before, but the diversity within this community is obscure in the workplace as organizations struggle to keep up with increased trans visibility. This book offers leaders guidance and policy recommendations designed to ensure the success of trans employees. The book introduces the new concept of "doing ambiguity." It contains original research plus humanizing narratives from trans people that provide insights into rarely explored experiences, and discusses long-ignored nuances of trans identity through narratives of non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences, in the context of workplace discrimination.
The Thai term sao braphet song (a "second type of woman") describes males who reject masculinity for femininity. Male Bodies, Women's Souls uses the narrative method to analyze these transgendered experiences. This previously ignored perspective of the Thai sex/gender system gained through this theoretical & methodological approach offers readers a rich, readily accessible foundation of knowledge about gendered subjectivity and sex/gender systems. This book features in-depth, autobiographical life histories from individual Thai transgendered youth. Life stories provide an engaging, insightful look at Thai culture's sex/gender system. The authors expertly analyze the narratives to illuminate common themes and constructions within this group, allowing an opportunity for contrast & discussion on transgender experiences in other nations. The authors analyze the major themes in the stories, including: identities, definitions and descriptive labels, etiologies of sao braphet song-ness, acceptance, and narrator motivations for participating in the project.
Although over the last two decades there has been a proliferation of gender studies, transgender has largely remained institutionalised as an 'umbrella term' that encapsulates all forms of gender understandings differing from what are thought to be gender norms. In both theoretical & medical literature, trans identity has been framed within a paradigm of awkwardness or discomfort, self-dislike or dysfunctional mental health. This is a multidisciplinary book that draws primarily from Deleuze and post-structuralism in order to reformulate the concept of utopia and ground it in the materiality of the present. Through a radically new conceptualisation of the time and space of utopia, it analyses empirical findings from trans video diaries on the Internet belonging to transgender individuals. In doing so, this volume offers new insights into the everyday challenges faced by these subjectivities. Contextualising and applying Deleuzian concepts such as 'difference' and 'marginal' to the context of the research, Nirta helps the reader to understand trans as 'unity' rather than as a 'mind-body mismatch'.
Just what is gender, and what can be expected of it when dealing with identity, justice, and equality? Ephraim Das Janssen uses a phenomenological approach to challenge and dismantle the way gender is currently understood. Janssen questions ideas that have formerly been taken for granted, as individuals did during the Civil Rights movement, the women's movement, and the LGBT rights movement. In so doing he recasts the moral debate about gender and grounds his analysis in observable aspects such as clothing and social roles and how these can imply transgression and questioning. Janssen shakes the very core of gender through a deep engagement with Being and the structures that confine our contemporary notions.
"I have the worst birth defect a woman can have: I was born with a penis and a pair of testicles," says Hera, who shares her reason for starting psychoanalysis and whose statement embodies the debate over transgenderism. Is it a mental disorder, or a matter of sexual identity? An orientation or a choice? Transgenderism has lost much of its stigma over the past decade, though perhaps none of its shock value. Still, the door is open for a reformulation of the question, "Am I a man or a woman?" Using clinical vignettes and elements of Lacanian theory, the author demonstrates how the trans discourse has both reoriented psychoanalytic practice & reframed debates about gender in American society. She traverses historical, theoretical, & clinical grounds to explore what has been termed the "democratizing of gender". Arguing for depathologizing of transgenderism, this book aims to revise current notions of human sexuality: it challenges the theory & practice of psychoanalysis with questions typically addressed only indirectly, but which are transforming how analysis is done, advancing new ideas that can be used in social & intellectual contexts in an effort to engage the broader dialogues of gender & sexuality.
Trans women--assigned male at birth and later transitioned into a female gender-- are recently in media because of celebrities and controversial legislation. Therefore cis men--who identify with a masculine gender they were assigned at birth--are now called upon to share their experiences as lovers of trans women. Using theory and personal anecdotes, the author questions the codes that cis men and trans women use to interpret their own and others' gendered bodies. Joseph McClellan has taught philosophy, Buddhism, and gender studies, and translated and introduced contemporary French philosopher Michel Onfray's A Hedonist Manifesto: The Power to Exist.
This ground-breaking book foregrounds the voices of autistic trans people as they speak candidly about how their autism and gender identity intersects and the impact this has on their life. Drawing upon a wealth of interviews with transgender people on the autism spectrum, the book explores experiences of coming out, with self-discovery, healthcare, family, work, religion and community support, to help dispel common misunderstandings around gender identity and autism, whilst allowing autistic trans people to see their own neurodiverse experiences reflected in these interviews. An incisive introduction clearly sets out up-to-date research and thinking, before each chapter draws together key findings from the interviews, along with advice and support for those providing support to autistic trans individuals. Both accessible and authoritative, Trans and Autistic is an essential publication for autistic trans people, their families, and professionals wanting to understand and support their clients better.
This volume seeks to explore contemporary trans lives in a world that is both global and increasingly globalizing, examining the nuances of the rights, identities, & politics that make up the varied spectrum of what has come to be included under the largely Western imposed label of "trans". Trans identities & rights have become increasingly prominent in the social imagination in recent years, and in a growing number of locales have also become hot button political issues. As trans individuals are demanding & gaining their rights, these debates are bringing issues of trans lives to the forefront of politics and into social discussions in nearly every country in the world. In a series of essays covering the key themes of Identities, Rights, and Politics, this collection presents an international range of topics spanning human rights and asylum seekers, to the Hijras of South Asia, and gender-affirming surgeries, all placing trans lives in a global(ized) context. This is an important contribution from a diverse group of established and emerging scholars seeking to position trans and transgender research in a global framework.
Foregrounding the voices of transgender and non-binary people, this honest and insightful book is a compilation of the voices of those who have decided to undergo transition - both male-to-female and female-to-male. Drawing on over one hundred interviews with individuals, the book details the diverse experiences and challenges faced by those who transition, exploring a range of topics such as hormone treatments; reassignment surgeries; coming out; sex and sexuality; physical, emotional and mental health; transphobia; discrimination; and hate crime, as well as highlighting the lives of non-binary individuals and those who cross-dress to form a wider understanding of the varied ways in which people experience gender. This powerful book is an ideal introduction to those keen to understand more about contemporary trans issues as well as those questioning their own gender identity.