Critical Identities: Rethinking Feminism Through Transgender Politics

  • Eleanor MacDonald Institute of Women's Studies at Queen's University
Keywords: Feminist theory, Gender identity, Identity politics, Transgednerism, Transexuals


Feminist theory, in both its identity-based and its anti-essentialist versions, has denied the validity of transgendered people's experience. Rather, feminism needs to retheorize its understanding of identity in light of new insights offered by transgendered people's experience into the structural and systemic production of "liminal" or "boundary" conditions within political communities.