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FE/MALE asymmetries of gender and sexuality.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
2009 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The analysis in this book elicits and "teases out" contemporary logics of gender and sexuality from modern psychiatric texts on transsexualism. There is an explicit focus on found asymmetries of gender and sexuality with regard to biological females vs. males. Two amalgam psychiatric statements are particularly investigated. Firstly, that of the female-to male transsexual having an ┬┐easier┬┐ transition to man, than the male-to female transsexual to woman; and secondly, that of FTMs being of homosexual orientation before transition, whereas MTFs are seen as having backgrounds with more sexual variety. These depictions are analysed in connection with the construction of the fe/male body, concluding an over- all symbolic logic of "the male accommodates the female, but the female does not accommodate the male". It is further suggested that this reveals a phallic core operating within still vivid active/passive paradigms being used to construct masculinity and femininity. This theoretical work will be of interdisciplinary interest to scholars and others working within feminist, women's, gender, queer, transgender and masculinity studies.

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Berlin: VDM Verlag , 2009. , 276 p.
Keyword [en]
gender transgender passivity activity power transsexualism sexuality phallic
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102629ISBN: 3639135474 ISBN: 978-3639135473 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-102629DiVA: diva2:216536
Available from: 2009-05-09 Created: 2009-05-09

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