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Transforming CitizenshipsTransgender Articulations of the Law$
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Isaac West

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781479832149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479832149.001.0001

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Performative Repertoires of Citizenship

Performative Repertoires of Citizenship

(p.37) 1 Performative Repertoires of Citizenship
Transforming Citizenships

Isaac West

NYU Press

This chapter presents the account of Mayne, an officially recognized male-to-female transsexual who repeatedly provoked her own arrest in Los Angeles in the 1950s by using a female restroom where gays are prohibited to enter. Mayne’s action explained how stranger relationalities are a series of articulations and subjective negotiations without any predictable outcome. She invited the threat of legal discipline to afford herself an opportunity to challenge dominant understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality. In doing so, she revealed that official state recognition does not guarantee freedom from discriminatory policies that emerge in opposition to the intentions of the state.

Keywords:   male-to-female transsexual, legal discipline, official state recognition, discriminatory policies, sexuality

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