Coloniality of White Feminism and Its Transphobia: A Comment on Burt

  title={Coloniality of White Feminism and Its Transphobia: A Comment on Burt},
  author={Nishant Upadhyay},
  journal={Feminist Criminology},
  pages={539 - 544}
  • N. Upadhyay
  • Published 29 January 2021
  • Art, Sociology
  • Feminist Criminology
In this comment, I challenge Burt’s colonial epistemological framework in her theorizations of sex, gender, and transness. Drawing upon anti-racist, decolonial, and trans of color feminisms, I argue that transphobia is inherent to white feminisms due to its roots in colonialism. Heteropatriarchy and cisnormativity are products of colonialism, and feminists who espouse transphobic discourses invariably reproduce colonial and white supremacist frameworks of patriarchy and gender violence. 

Discounting Females, Denying Sex, and Disregarding Dangers from Self-ID: A Reply to Mezey, Upadhyay, and Sherrick

In this reply, I address responses to my article “Scrutinizing the Equality Act”, where I argued that we should provide protections to LGBT+ individuals without prioritizing gender

Similar Past, Different Future? How Feminist and Queer Criminological Pedagogy and Qualitative Methods Intersect and Diverge

Abstract While feminist and queer epistemologies in criminology have similar origins, dissimilarities based on key dimensions exist, with significant impacts for qualitative methods and methods

Examining the elevated risk of COVID-19 in transgender communities with an intersectional lens

It is argued that it is imperative for cisgender people to partner with trans communities to dismantle these harmful systems, positively impacting the lives of trans individuals during the pandemic and beyond.

Internationalization, Inclusion, Integrity, and Impact: Reflections on the 2018–2022 Editorial Term*

With the last issue of 2022 (December) now in production, the current editorial leadership team concludes our term having accomplished the majority of goals outlined for the journal in the 2017

Building an Intersectional and Trans-Inclusive Criminology: Responding to the Emergence of “Gender Critical” Perspectives in Feminist Criminology

This article responds to claims advanced by “gender critical” feminists, most recently expressed in a criminological context by Burt (2020) in Feminist Criminology, that the Equality Act—a bill



The Colonial/Modern [Cis]Gender System and Trans World Traveling

Abstract Trans of Color inclusion is not simply a gesture of affectionate commitment to María Lugones's theory of impure communities. Rather, it is required for the enactment of her liberatory theory

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity

Marlon M. Bailey is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Marlon’s book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance,

The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses

DESIREE MANICOM reviews The Invention of Women: Making African sense of Western Gender Discourses by OYERONKE OYEWUMI

Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement

  • Jian Neo Chen
  • Art
  • 2019
The expansive field of trans media studies is where one can find some of today’s most salient scholarship on visuality’s epistemological, technological, and embodied politics and aesthetics. Two

Scrutinizing the U.S. Equality Act 2019: A Feminist Examination of Definitional Changes and Sociolegal Ramifications

The U.S. Equality Act, which amends civil rights statutes to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, passed the House in May 2019 with unanimous

"Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood

Mixed-blood urban Native peoples in Canada are profoundly affected by federal legislation that divides Aboriginal peoples into different legal categories. In this pioneering book, Bonita Lawrence

"Whatcha Gonna Do?"-Revisiting "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book"

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2006 SE Thank you, Hortense, for making time to talk with us. Jennifer and I are really grateful that the three of you came out on a Saturday evening. Can we begin with Farah

Gender and Universality in Colonial Methodology

Troubling the Waters: Mobilizing a Trans* Analytic