“Brain Says You're a Girl, But I Think You're a Sissy Boy”: Cultural Origins of Transphobia

@article{Norton1997BrainSY,
  title={“Brain Says You're a Girl, But I Think You're a Sissy Boy”: Cultural Origins of Transphobia},
  author={Jody Norton},
  journal={International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies},
  year={1997},
  volume={2},
  pages={139-164}
}
  • Jody Norton
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies
The author argues that transphobia—fear and hatred of transgender persons—is a variant of homophobia understood as hatred of the queer, where “queer” means any formation of sexuality and/or gender that deviates from the norm of reproductive heterosexuality. The male-to-female transgender incites transphobia through her implicit challenge to the binary division of gender upon which male cultural and political hegemony depends, and through her capacity to initiate an uncanny rememoration, in the… Expand
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