a person who has the desire to go through the process of transitioning to another gender via hormones and/or genital surgery.
The term was made popular in the 1950’s by Dr. Harry Benjamin. The word transsexual “refers to people who feel a strong desire to change their sexual morphology,” (Stryker, 18).
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)
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)
sexology is the scientific study study of human sexual desire that provides language for conceptualizing sexuality, desire, pleasure, and sexual relationships (Bronski, 95).
Sexuality is a historical and theoretical identity category, expressed similarly and differently, throughout sexual systems within particular moments of time.
Sexuality is not a natural fact, rather a cultural and historical production that is imposed onto the body according to ideological discourse (Halperin, 416).
Sexuality is “what we find erotic and how we take pleasure in our bodies” (Stryker, 16).
Sexuality is an endless intersecting “constellation of factors” that culturally inform people their understanding about sexual intimacy, desires, and activity. Bronski uses the terminology of sexuality to connect the past with the present, in order to comprehend the relationship between both (Bronski, xviii).
sexual deviance is an idea that has been employed through historical specific laws that demonize people who do not conform to the heteronormative conception of sexual intimacy and activity (Bronski, 15).