Who Gets to Be a Woman?: Feminist Politics and the Question of Trans-inclusion

  • Patricia Elliot Wilfrid Laurier University
Keywords: Interpersonal relations, Social integration, Transphobia, Transsesxuals, Gender inequality


This paper discusses the recent and ongoing battle involving Kimberley Nixon and her non-trans feminist supporters and detractors. Although non-trans feminists profess a desire to accept diversity, and to create a world that eschews oppression, we often fail to embrace those ideals, which deepens divisions among us and further alienates the trans community. Our capacity to become better allies depends on further reflection on this particular conflict and the theories that support it.

Author Biography

Patricia Elliot, Wilfrid Laurier University
Patricia Elliot teaches Sociology and Women's Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. She is author of From Mastery to Analysis: Theories of Gender in Psychoanalytic Feminism, and of several articles on transgender theory, most recently in Studies in Gender and Sexuality (2001). She is currently writing a book on feminism and transsexuality.