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Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism


Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism

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    Available in PDF Format | Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism.pdf | English
    Sheila Jeffreys(Author)

It is only recently that transgenderism has been accepted as a disorder for which treatment is available. In the 1990s, a political movement of transgender activism coalesced to campaign for transgender rights. Considerable social, political and legal changes are occurring in response and there is increasing acceptance by governments and many other organisations and actors of the legitimacy of these rights.

This provocative and controversial book explores the consequences of these changes and offers a feminist perspective on the ideology and practice of transgenderism, which the author sees as harmful. It explores the effects of transgenderism on the lesbian and gay community, the partners of people who transgender, children who are identified as transgender and the people who transgender themselves, and argues that these are negative. In doing so the book contends that the phenomenon is based upon sex stereotyping, referred to as 'gender' – a conservative ideology that forms the foundation for women's subordination. Gender Hurts argues for the abolition of ‘gender’, which would remove the rationale for transgenderism.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, feminism and feminist theory and gender studies.

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Sheila Jeffreys(Author)
  • Routledge; 1 edition (22 April 2014)
  • English
  • 7
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Mariana on 6 April 2017

    Though I do not completely agree with the author, I would recommend the book to everybody that is interested in gender issues.

  • By Loiner on 15 July 2015

    a clear and coherent analysis

  • By Rebel_Against_The-Orthodoxy on 26 June 2015

    Gender hurts is a great book by Sheila Jeffreys examining the "transgender" craze that is sweeping the western world at present & how this is affecting women, including the wives of married men who decide to "transition" to "transwomen" after decades of marriage who have a sexual fetish called autogynephilia (sexual arousal at the thought of themselves as women) & the impact this has on these mens wives & children. It also looks at the women partners of lesbian women who decide to "transition" to "transmen". It examines the eugenics program that is behind the "transitioning" of children who the establishment thinks may grow up to be gay, they are in effect being sterilised.It also examines the impact of men with a sexual fetish being deemed legally women & suddenly being allowed into what was previously women only spaces & the impact this has on women. One man even said how he was sexually aroused attending a womens knitting group. These autogynephilic men who "transition" to "transwomen" led a hate campaign against the sexologist J Michael Bailey who wrote a book called "the man who would be queen" in 2003, as he was the first to write about the two types of men who "trans" the gay ones & the heterosexual men with "fetishistic transvestism". These men did not like being exposed as having a sexual fetish & so sent him threats & harassed his children, ex wife, his family & friends. (These same autogynephiliac men also targeted Janice Raymond who wrote "the transexual empire" in 1980). This same group of men also tried to get the publishers of this book to revoke their decision to publish it. Sheila Jeffreys herself has been threatened & harassed by "trans activists" to such a degree that she was advised to take her name off the office door at the university at which she worked at, as there were fears for her safety. It is listed in the DSM V for the description of "gender dysphoria" (you have to have a diagnosis of GD to be able to "trans" legally) that the older men who receive a diagnosis of GD who have autogynephilia also have concurrent "personality disorders".There are two groups of men who can be diagnosed as having "gender dysphoria" (and therefore are aloud to "transition") according to DSM V's own description:1. Gay teens/ young men.2. Older heterosexual men (who are usually married often with children) who have "habitual fetishistic transvestism developing into autogynephillia".The "transgender" craze is the latest attempt by the medical establishment to "cure" gays & lesbians of their homosexuality by making them into the opposite sex, this can be seen very clearly in their targeting of children who by the DSM V's own admission will grow up to be gay & lesbian if left to just grow up without any medical intervention.A number of gay teens/ young men & lesbian teens/ young women who "trans" have also been sexually abused as children the book touches on this issue also. Since the DSM V says one of the additional features for supporting a diagnosis of GD is: "older adolescents when sexuality active, usually do not show or allow their partners to touch their sexual organs. For adults with an aversion towards their genitals, sexual activity is constrained by the preference that their genitals not be seen or touched by their partner." It is perhaps not surprising that many young ppl who get a diagnosis of GD & then "trans" have been abused given this is one of the "features for supporting a diagnosis of GD".This "transgender" craze is also a reaction to the gains women made in the 70's, it is trying to get sex roles to be thought of as being innate just as they were thought of before the women's movement of the 70's exploded that myth. We are now living in a extremely reactionary time where the male establishment is trying to push women back into their sex roles, "trans" is a large part of that backlash. The medical establishment is leading the cause with its "brain sex" neurosexist junk science that is the foundation "transgenderism" is based on.This book is a much needed oasis in a desert full of pro "trans" anti woman propaganda. Womens voices have been effectively silenced by the male autogynephilic "trans" who run the "trans activist" organisations & scream "transphobia" at anyone who speaks out against it. I & many other women cant thank Sheila enough for writing this book & i'm glad she is returning to the UK soon to live.

  • By Jackie Mearns on 2 May 2014

    The idea of "gender" is one that is generally understood to mean a collection of personality traits or attributes commonly assigned to humans according to their sex - male or female. In this book, Professor Jeffreys clearly and cogently set out how "gender" is in fact a social construct that supports and normalises ideas and concepts that lead to and sustain the oppression of women as the subordinate "caste" within a strict hierarchy, and that the only way that women will be freed of their status as inferior humans is to abolish gender, and the ideas, systems and processes that maintain "gender" as an "innate" quality within human beings. This book specifically looks at the relatively recent phenomena af "transgenderism" and sets out in what ways the ideas that gender is "innate" or can be "played with" is fundamentally damaging to females, and the struggle for full recognition of women's oppression. She examines how the ongoing legal challenges to replace "sex discrimination" legislation with "gender recognition" legislation is in many cases actually rolling back the progress that women have made towards equality and in sme cases are actually harming women as a class. She looks at the effects on families, partners and wives of those who "transition", a perspective that is very often overlooked or minimised in the many stories celebrating the "journey" of individuals who "change sex". This is an important work. One that deserves to be read by anyone serious about examining "gender" or even the lay person, curious about what impacts the theories behind trangenderism is having on individuals, families, society, and particularly on the rights of women to be recognised as fully human beings who face particular and unique forms of opression under the system of "gender". I expect that many will "review" this book without having read it. Some transgender activist even campaigned to impede or stop it's publication. I suggest those reading such reviews consider such actions in light of many such attempts over decades, if not centuries by those who wish to silence women's voices and stifle those they disagree with by labelling them as "bigots" or speakers of "hate". I wuld ask those reading this review to consider exactly what is so threatening (and to whom) about this particular analyisis of "gender", and inwho's interests such censorship would serve. This is a brave and much needed book. Even if you don't agree with it's contents it deserves to be read.

  • By Miss J C Milligan on 2 May 2014

    This very necessary book takes a look at one of the central issues facing feminism and women today. It includes insightful chapters on the female partners of those who transgender, the detransition movement, female bodied transgendered people, the eugenics behind transgendering children and the besieging of women only spaces (including rape crisis services and refuges). Even if you do not agree with Jeffreys, the points she makes need to be heard and I commend Routlegde for publishing

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