Embracing the Icon: The Feminist Potential of the Trans Bodhisattva, Kuan Yin

Hypatia 24 (3):178 - 196 (2008)
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I explore how the Buddhist icon Kuan Yin is emerging as a point of identification for trans people and has the potential to resolve a tension within feminism. As a figure that slips past the male/female binary, Kuan Yin explodes the dichotomy between universal and particular in a way that captures the pragmatist and feminist emphasis on doing justice to concrete, particular lives without becoming stuck in an essentialist quagmire

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