Half-Sisters, Radical Queens, Lesbian Separatists, & Non-Men: Second Wave Trans Feminism
a lecture by Emma Heaney
February 10, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm
Emma Heaney, Draper Program, New York University
Respondent: Margaux L. Kristjansson, Anthropology, Columbia University
This talk moves off from archival documents of trans feminist political thought and struggle in the 1970s to suggest how trans feminist thought and practice — both “then and now” — can clarify two points that stalled 1970s feminist projects: (1) how can we be liberated “as women” when it is precisely the historical content of “woman” we seek to escape, and (2) can woman operate as a political category when women’s experiences are so vastly different according to race, class, and cis versus trans experience? Rather than a queer transcendence of the term “woman,” trans feminism of the 70s and today teaches that the violent enforcement of womanhood on cis women and the violent prohibition of this identity from male assigned at birth people are the twinned processes that produce the revolutionary collectivity that fights back against misogynist violence.
Humanities Initiative Conference Room
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
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