‘Despite Everything I Said’: The Contradictions of ‘Passing’ in the South

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This presentation was given at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference.

Are transmen in the South more likely to try to fit into the gender binary, challenge it, or queer it? I examine the implications this has for “passing,” transnormativity, and the dominance of the gender binary. Rather than challenging gender, transmen in the South often uphold the rigid gender system through attempting to “pass” as cisgender men. In this way, the South differs from other areas where non-normative gender identities are correlated with calls for acceptance of queerness. This is likely related to multiple aspects of what it means to be a transman in the South, including privilege and fear.


National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference

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