By Stefan Horlacher
This booklet takes either transgender and intersex positions into consideration and asks approximately commonalities and strategic alliances when it comes to wisdom, thought, philosophy, paintings, and lifestyles event. It moves a stability among works on literature, movie, images, activities, legislations, and basic concept, bringing jointly humanistic and social technological know-how methods. Horlacher adopts a non-hierarchical standpoint and asks how transgender and intersex matters are conceptualized from quite a few varied viewpoints and to what quantity inventive and artistic discourses supply their very own uniquely appropriate types of wisdom and expression.
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The value of art and, as Jonathan Culler argues, especially literature, has “long been linked to the vicarious experiences it gives readers, enabling them to know how it feels to be in particular situations and thus to acquire dispositions to act and feel in certain ways” (113). Not only literary works but also other art forms, such as film, photography, and theater, etc. ). 26 Thus, art has the (political) power to interrupt the foundational narratives dominant in any particular society or community and pave the way for “other divergent or emergent narratives, or new and different forms of sense” (James 199).
There have always been moments when the midwife did indeed lift the baby and the question of whether there is a penis or not has been problematic (see Whittle 2002). 4 Legal systems have historically addressed the clarification of a person’s sex through various different principles. The possibility of a person being of both sexes or neither was so problematic in the determination of property law that the primary principle has been to place the person in one category or the other. At the core of the debate, the question has been: if a person’s sex has to be determined, then what method will be used to distinguish the features used to determine which one of the two sexes is dominant when a person’s sex is not clear?
21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 23 is to assert both that treatment does not work, insofar as medical interventions amplify the strangeness of one’s intersex attributes, and that treatment should not be done at all, insofar as it discriminates against individuals on the basis of immutable characteristics” (Morland 113; see also Chase). It should be mentioned that in contrast to this, intersex individuals largely resist the idea that trans* status is an intersex condition of the brain, and that this tension often drives the two communities apart.
Transgender and Intersex: Theoretical, Practical, and Artistic Perspectives by Stefan Horlacher