Despite being classified by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder, transsexuality
cannot be "cured" by therapy, and attempts to do so have caused profound harm.
In her history of transsexuality
in America, How Sex Changed, Meyerowitz details the advancement of medical treatments for transsexuals along with accompanying changes in the scientific as well as the popular lexicon.
A structure that cannot offer such relations can only target a post-human future, a world of hybrid species, of transsexuality
and fleeting exchanges with others--all facilitated by high-tech means.
should be distinguished from the wrong identification of the sex in one's infancy as a result of a doctors' mistake caused by a pathological development of sexual characteristics.
glorifying homosexuality, sado-masochism and transsexuality
al, A Sex Difference in the Human Brain and its Relationship to Transsexuality
, 378 NATURE 68 (1995), reprinted in INT'L J.
2] Jay Prosser, Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1998), pp.
Donald had complained to Blue Cross: "The DSM-IV [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] you rely on calls transsexuality
a 'disorder,' and, unusually among such 'disorders,' this one has a cure - surgical, including facial surgery'.
Farmer claimed that officials had shown "deliberate indifference" by keeping him in the general prison population and failing to protect him from harm allegedly inflicted by other inmates - especially since Farmer said his transsexuality
made him a clear risk for assault.
In early pathologizing treatments with gender non-conforming children, the stated treatment goal was often to prevent future adult outcomes presumed to be undesirable, chiefly homosexuality and transsexuality
I want to remove this stigma around transsexuality
The essay on transsexuality
chooses to describe transsexual people in terms that transsexual people and civil rights organizations consider offensive and discriminatory.
I list these authors because all have a stake in phenomenology, to some extent, with the exception of Jay Prosser, whose text, Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality
(New York: Columbia UP, 1998), provides an interesting parallel to Warren's text in that it tries to unpack the central and signal part transsexuality
has to play in queer studies.
Some theorists argue that masculinity and femininity are products of socialisation and thus, transsexuality
is "a result of overexposure in childhood to unstructured gender roles, so that the child absorbs, imagine or act out more diverse gender formations" (pg.
While admittedly some FTM transsexuals "do not define their transsexuality
in relation to a strong desire for penises .