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Queering the past and the present with the Gender Recognition Act 2004: aesthetics, surgeries and the intimacies of the transgendered body

Davy, Zowie (2005) Queering the past and the present with the Gender Recognition Act 2004: aesthetics, surgeries and the intimacies of the transgendered body. In: CIGS PG Conference, May 2005, University of Leeds.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Paper)
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

In this paper I argue that the Gender Recognition Act helps to queer the boundaries of men and women's embodiment. I use empirical data from 24 transpeople, who have modified their bodies in various ways and who have applied for gender recognition. I will illustrate that those transpeople who choose not to acquire body modification in line with gender normative bodies challenge both the medical construction of transsexualism and its sexological 'cure' (gender reallignment surgery).

Additional Information:In this paper I argue that the Gender Recognition Act helps to queer the boundaries of men and women's embodiment. I use empirical data from 24 transpeople, who have modified their bodies in various ways and who have applied for gender recognition. I will illustrate that those transpeople who choose not to acquire body modification in line with gender normative bodies challenge both the medical construction of transsexualism and its sexological 'cure' (gender reallignment surgery).
Keywords:Bodily aesthetics, transsexual, gender reallignment surgery
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:5045
Deposited On:06 Apr 2012 11:48

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