Westminster Skeptics – Juliet Jacques thinking critically about transgender issues

The emergence of gender variant people, practices and identities following the publication of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Transvestites (1909) and the inter-war invention of sex reassignment technologies posed considerable challenges to conservative, socialist, feminist and gay/lesbian politics: if ‘male’ and ‘female’ were no longer true, then what was?

Consequently, transgender people became an object of fascination, and plenty was written about them – by the mainstream media, feminists and the medical establishment whose management of transsexualism has proved especially controversial – with transgender people themselves frequently excluded from the conversation, with their identities erased or discounted, or having their experiences framed by people or outlets with no lived experience of being transgender.

Juliet Jacques author of the Guardian’s Transgender Journey series which documents the gender reassignment process from a first-person perspective, critically examines some of the ideas and myths that grew around transgender people, and the gulf between mainstream political and media discussions of transgender issues and the autonomous transgender theory and identities that developed in response.

2 thoughts on “Westminster Skeptics – Juliet Jacques thinking critically about transgender issues

  1. Hi.
    I am a 60 year old ts. I have experienced the treatment you talk about, I knew at about 18 – 19, That I was different at 21 I went to a specialist in Truro, Cornwall. He stated that as I had no interest in men (what did I know?) I was not ts. What rubbish after I had a GP refuse me on his list and realised it was because of his bigotry. I tried a couple more times but the original decision followed me, so even chafing cross turned me down. I was eventually diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic and they would not treat me. Since then I have lived a lonely harsh life with little to recommend it. I look forward to death now.

  2. @Kevin (would you prefer another name?): That is bloody awful. That’s sad, depressing. They won’t even treat you now?

    I am a 21 year old FTM on hormones already. I can say, from my point of view it is a lot more Liberal and a lot more relaxed these days. Defintely humanistic. And I often think I am not trans because I don’t feel anything like the media portrayals of the past, they are so de-humanised. The NHS Choices has a better picture.

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