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In “Transgender Feminism: Queering the Woman Question,” the author works through the consequences for feminism of positing trans embodiment as pointing toward its own distinctive kind of politics, knowledge, and politics of knowledge. Second wave feminism that took the “natural” sexed body as a given was not adequate to dealing with queer sexuality, and so queer studies had to strike out from its maternal feminist home. In turn, to imagine the figure of the trans person independently of sexuality, trans studies had to take a little distance from queer studies. Gender might no longer be just a mimetic double of sex as a “biological” given. The author experimented with both—gender as lived and genre as written—in her the search for nonmimetic ways of experiencing and conceiving our becomings.

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