Genders are proliferated, pronouns are indeterminate, inclusivity is prioritized, and everywhere in Transgender Studies sex and sexuality are displaced with investments — however fluid — in identification. What problem does sex/uality pose to indeterminacy and fluidity, and to the current field of Transgender Studies? Working in conversation with her essay “Spiderwomen” (Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, MIT Press, 2017), Hayward ruminates on the loss of sex/uality — for instance, the abandonment of “transsexual,” the reductionism of medical/surgical “transition,” “woman,” and the critique of “transnormativity” — in the field, and what it has meant for the critical purchase of Trans/gender.
Eva Hayward is Assistant Professor in Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of New Mexico, Uppsala University (Sweden), Duke University, and the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on the study of sensation, sexuality, and science. She has recently published articles in Transgender Studies Quarterly, Cultural Anthropology, Parallax, differences, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Women and Performance.