This module will introduce students to basic terms and concepts in Trans Studies, such as transmisogyny and cissexism. We will then consider the forms that transmisogyny and cissexism have taken within the feminist movement. Next, this module will provide an overview of Critical Trans Theory, which argues that the trans movement should not follow in the footsteps of the mainstream gay and lesbian movement in terms of its activist goals and strategies. Finally, this module will discuss the sexualities and sexual experiences of trans people – which are, of course, as varied as those of cis people. In particular, in this last part of the module we will consider the forms of sexual oppression and sexual discrimination that trans people face, such as sexual pathologization, objectification and fetishization, as well as positive experiences of sexuality.
By the end of this module, you should be able to:
- Define some key terms in Trans Studies
- Explain what is meant by trans-exclusionary radical feminism and how this position (and term) has been critiqued by trans and trans-inclusive feminist authors and activists
- Identify some of the basic ideas of Transfeminism
- Discuss some of the ideas that motivate Critical Trans Theory
- Understand several forms of sexual oppression and discrimination that trans people experience in a cissexist society