Transgender identity and passing authentically: a response to overall

Sellberg, Karin (2012). Transgender identity and passing authentically: a response to overall. In Dennis R. Cooley and Kelby Harrison (Ed.), Passing/Out: Sexual Identity Veiled and Revealed (pp. 229-231) Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing.

Author Sellberg, Karin
Title of chapter Transgender identity and passing authentically: a response to overall
Title of book Passing/Out: Sexual Identity Veiled and Revealed
Place of Publication Farnham, Surrey, England
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781409435822
9781409435839
Editor Dennis R. Cooley
Kelby Harrison
Chapter number 7
Start page 229
End page 231
Total pages 3
Total chapters 7
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In response to Christine Overall’s question “what is a good role model?” I would like to emphasize that the term “role model” has several different connotations and in my argument, I use it in a way that specifically emphasizes its aesthetic qualities—as a fictional character that gives rise to imitation. Overall is unable to see how Myra Breckinridge can be a suitable moral or political role model, and I think that both Kate Bornstein and Gore Vidal would back me up wholeheartedly when I agree with Overall that she most certainly is not . Overall admits that Myra could be “a role model in some sense so metaphorical that I can’t figure it out.” This is the problem here. Overall’s response does not register the most crucial point of Bornstein’s and my conception of passing: its metaphorical subsistence and its playfulness...
Keyword Transgender representation
Gender
Feminist theory
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: Centre for the History of European Discourses Publications
 
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