Amidst the indefinite “war on terror” and the ever-expanding reach of the surveillance state, Toby Beauchamp's Going Stealth is a much-needed analysis into practices of state surveillance and its impact on the regulation of gender in the United States. Situating the text within both trans and surveillance studies, Beauchamp highlights the ways society—through the state—has constructed trans and gender nonconformity as a threat to neoliberal ideas of the nation. The text asks readers to consider not just transgender bodies as unintelligible (and therefore harmful) but also anybody who is not white, able-bodied, and upper middle-class. As a Black transmasculine person whose body has flagged an airport scanner more times than I can count, I found this book an essential exploration into the creation of legitimate bodies and the policing of deviant ones. The questions Beauchamp poses are likely familiar to most trans people, and the text is one of the...

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