Trans Identities and First-Person Authority

In Laurie Shrage (ed.), You've Changed: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity. Oxford University Press (2009)
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Trans studies constitute part of the coming-to-voice of transpeople, long the theorized and researched objects of sexology, psychiatry, and feminist theory. Sandy Stone’s pioneering, “The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto” sought the end of monolithic medical and feminist accounts of transsexuality to reveal a multiplicity of trans-authored narratives. My goal is a better understanding of what it is for transpeople to come to this polyvocality. I argue that trans politics ought to proceed with the principle that transpeople have first-person authority (FPA) over their own gender, and I clarify what this means.



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Talia Bettcher
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