In TSQ's inaugural issue, founding editors Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker (2014: 6) pose that “one critical aspect of transgender studies is to consider the work that the term transgender does.” Currah demonstrates the purchase of this hermeneutic in his brilliant monograph Sex Is as Sex Does, which focuses on the movement of governmental sex markers to and from F, M, and X in myriad US contexts from the 1950s to 2021. Surveying the contemporary US political scene, Currah turns his attention to what the term transgender elides. In so doing, he offers a timely and much-needed intervention into a field he helped define.

Trained as a political scientist, Currah has a particular gift for returning various discourses to the discrete settings that animate their intelligibility. His method, unmoved by ontology, centers how (not why) in this moment “the immense number of state institutions defining sex...

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