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Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism / Edition 1

Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism / Edition 1

by Sheila Jeffreys, Lorene GottschalkSheila Jeffreys


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It is only recently that transgenderism has been accepted as a disorder for which treatment is available. In the 1990s, a political movement of transgender activism coalesced to campaign for transgender rights. Considerable social, political and legal changes are occurring in response and there is increasing acceptance by governments and many other organisations and actors of the legitimacy of these rights.

This provocative and controversial book explores the consequences of these changes and offers a feminist perspective on the ideology and practice of transgenderism, which the author sees as harmful. It explores the effects of transgenderism on the lesbian and gay community, the partners of people who transgender, children who are identified as transgender and the people who transgender themselves, and argues that these are negative. In doing so the book contends that the phenomenon is based upon sex stereotyping, referred to as 'gender' – a conservative ideology that forms the foundation for women's subordination. Gender Hurts argues for the abolition of ‘gender’, which would remove the rationale for transgenderism.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, feminism and feminist theory and gender studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415539401
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/07/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sheila Jeffreys is Professor of feminist politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She teaches courses in feminist theory, on the politics of sexuality and lesbian and gay politics, and international gender politics.

She has a considerable reputation both in the academic world and in the world of feminist and lesbian and gay politics for my work on sexuality, including 7 single authored books, with my eighth book, Man’s Dominion, to be published by Routledge in October, 2011. My work is heavily referenced in academic journals and books, with 53 citations in international refereed journals in 2009 according to the Web of Science citations index, and 47 for 2010 to date.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Construction of Transgenderism

Chapter 2 Transgenderism and Feminism

Chapter 3 Doing Transgender: Really Hurting

Chapter 4 ‘A gravy stain on the table’: Women in the Lives of Men who Transgender

Chapter 5 Women Who Transgender: an Antidote to Feminism?

Chapter 6 Gender Eugenics?: The Transgendering of Children

Chapter 7 A Clash of Rights: when Gender is Inscribed in the Law

Chapter 8 Women’s Space and the Transgender Challenge



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