“The prevalence of anti-discrimination legal proceedings filed by self-defined ‘‘trans-women’’ has prompted an increasingly contested question in modern sexual politics — what does transsexualism actually ‘‘transcend’’? It seems that in spite of the 1970s’ radical feminist critique of transsexualism, the phenomena of transsexualism and sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) have proliferated considerably. This increase has, through sheer magnitude, given birth to a broad-based, international movement that is rapidly expanding its fight for acceptance and rights for trans-people. In particular, trans-women are currently claiming their right to participate in, and access the assistance of, women-only events, organizations, and service provisions.
In this paper, I will argue that whereas radical feminist campaigns have sought to break down gender categories, and thus, free women from gender oppression, the protection of gender is imperative to the goals of trans-activists and their supporters…”
Author: Belinda Sweeney
Source: Women’s Studies International Forum 27 (2004) 75– 88