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Transitional States. Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science

Lecture by Susan Stryker

Bodies in Trans*formation



Susan Stryker analyzes how trans notions about the potential transformations of the body are radically in conflict with any discourse which imagines the body as a fixed, inalterable entity.

In any discussion of gender transition, the idea of malleability or plasticity is important, not only in relation with hormones and their ability to alter the body, or the use of plastic surgery, but also because the concept of “gender plasticity” in childhood tends to function as a justification or reason for psycho-medical interventions with children who do not recognise themselves as having the gender that has been assigned to them.

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