Trans (gender) trouble

Benny LeMaster, Megan Stephenson

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In this essay, we tease out and implicate what we term the queer (cissexist) theoretical imagination suggesting an incommensurability of sorts between that of queer theory and that of trans subjectivity. The incommensurability renders a reductive framing of transness, in cissexist terms, that privilege transgression (often of a superficial sort) of gender over basic trans, transgender, and transsexual survival and wellness. In the end, we encourage nontrans scholars to theorize, in greater detail, the queerness of nontransness and the material means by which cissness secures its hegemonic cultural power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-195
Number of pages6
JournalCommunication and Critical/ Cultural Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • gender
  • queer theory
  • transgender studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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