used to describe a person who identifies with a gender other than that  assigned to them at birth.

Transgender people may or may not seek gender reassignment surgery and/or take hormones to change their gender. (Stryker, 19)



(trans exclusionary radical feminism)

radical feminists that consider transgender women as men that do not belong in women’s spaces. (What is a Woman?, Goldberg).

TERF is considered a slur by those which it is used to describe. “[Feminists] who believe that transgender activism upholds the patriarchy and who deny and disrespect trans people’s identities,”(An Open Letter to the New Yorker, Serano).

sex change

the medical process of surgically change someone’s genitals to those of the opposite sex.

The first accessible sex changes for Americans were brought about in the mid-1960’s during the “Big Science” period of transgender history in the United States. (Stryker, 94)


biological categories based on reproductive differences with sperm producers being ‘male’ and egg producers being ‘female’.

It is also possible for a person to be born with a combination of reproductive traits of both male and female, see intersex. (Stryker, 8)


the ability for speech to be used not only to communicate but to fulfill an action and grant a binding power from that action.

An example of performative speech is the act of a couple saying “I do” at their wedding. Another example is a judge declaring a verdict. “The power of discourse to produce that which it names is thus essentially linked with the question of performitivity. The perfomative is thus one domain in which power acts as a discourse,” (Critically Queer, Butler).