Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men (Sexuality, Identity, and Society)

By | March 23, 2018
Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men (Sexuality, Identity, and Society) Author Carla A. Pfeffer
ISBN-10 0199908052
ISBN-13 9780199908059
Year 2016-12-02
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Ozzie and Harriet move over A new couple is moving into the neighborhood In the postmodern era advances in medical technologies allow some individuals categorized female at birth to live in accordance with their gender identities as men While a growing body of literature on transgender men s experiences has come to the forefront relatively little exists to document the experiences of their partners In Queering Families The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men Carla A Pfeffer brings these experiences to light through interviews with the group most likely to partner and form families with transgender men non transgender cisgender women Drawing upon in depth interviews with fifty cisgender women partners of transgender men from across the United States and Canada Pfeffer details the experiences of a community that often seems unremarkable and ordinary on its surface Cisgender women who partner with transgender men who are socially read as male are often mis perceived as part of a heterosexual couple or family Yet not all cisgender women who partner with transgender men are comfortable with this invisible existence and comfortable normativity Instead many of the cisgender women Pfeffer interviews hold deeply valued queer identities that may be erased in their partnerships with transgender men Queering Families details the struggles and strengths of these postmodern Harriets as they work to build identities partnerships families and communities Pfeffer s interviewees discuss the implications of visibility and invisibilty in their everyday lives as they face barriers or pathways to legal and social inclusion They carve out new lexicons for partners bodies and their own sexualities transformed through gender affirming hormones and surgeries They plan and construct families with and without children some drawing upon alternative reproductive technologies to bear the biological offspring of their transgender partners With remarkable depth and insight Queering Families explores a shifting social landscape that challenges the very notion of what constitutes a same sex or an opposite sex relationship marriage or family

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