Abstract

This essay examines the stereotype that transgender people are "deceivers" and the stereotype's role in promoting and excusing transphobic violence. The stereotype derives from a contrast between gender presentation (appearance) and sexed body (concealed reality). Because gender presentation represents genital status, Bettcher argues, people who "misalign" the two are viewed as deceivers. The author shows how this system of gender presentation as genital representation is part of larger sexist and racist systems of violence and oppression.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 43-65
Launched on MUSE
2007-07-19
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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