Stef (firecat) wrote,

Wiscon Panel notes: Transsexuality as Trope

Transsexuality as Trope
Feminism, Sex, and Gender track
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Much science fiction and fantasy of recent years deals with changing sex. But it treats it as a trope rather than a process: Larque on the Wing, I Will Fear No Evil, "Changes," the work of John Varley. While there is no denying the usefulness of transsexuality as a trope in discussing the social construction of gender, what are we missing by eliding transsexuality's nature as a process?
M: Lyda Morehouse, Charlie Anders, Elizabeth Bear, BC Holmes, Jennifer Pelland

bcholmes mostly speaks for me in her report about this panel. So I'm just listing here some stories/books mentioned in the panel that sounded interesting.

Varley story dealing with trans process, maybe in Blue Champagne eta: "Options," sez james_nicoll

Charlie Stross Glass House includes notion of transitioning from being "human" to being gendered. The transition is not entirely consensual.

Grant Morrison Invisibles comic book series

Norah Vincent, Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back is a controversial book by a journalist who passed as a man to report on male culture and the psychology of men
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