Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kai Myers


Special Topics: Women's Studies

Professor Soyoung Park

The Evolution of Transgender Treatment

      In Leslie Feinberg's Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come ze brings to note that the gender codes have never been stable. In fact, "they are changing social concepts" (Feinberg, 206). In essence, transgenders  have been a part of society for centuries and were once prominent part of the social structure. The development of the patriarchy has created the illusion that it has been the sole dominating  factor, and it has formed oppression toward those who are not white, male, heterosexual men.
      Several examples of transgender are recorded in history. For example, Native Americans found transgender women to be among the most influential and powerful. "Perhaps the most notable of all berdache Native women was Barcheeampe, the Crow 'Woman Chief,' the most famous war leader in the history of the upper Missouri nations" (Fienberg, 209).
      So why is it that trans people are treated with little to no respect and are supposedly subordinate to the binary gender division of today's society? The reason is simple: those with interest in power won important historical battles that ultimately altered the social structure of the gender code. The new gender code best meets the needs and interests of those who want security in important positions and the like.

1 comment:

  1. The reason as you eloquently put it is very simple indeed. Rulers do not want to lose their power, and so they are willing to throw whoever can get in their way, under the bus. Transgender people have been in important positions of power, like you noted, and I believe this is why white men find it so threatening. New gender codes need to be enacted, but it would take a major revolution to get it done.