Performance Anxieties: Trans Women’s Un(der)-employment Experiences in Post-Fordist Society
Abstract: Drawing on the narratives of 23 un(der)employed trans women residing in Ontario, British Columbia, Canada and Washington State in the USA, this article explores the connections between affect, gender and labour in post-Fordist society. Post-Fordism is characterised in part by the putting to work of immaterial labour. Workers' whole personalities are harnessed to produce value for capital through evoking feelings of satisfaction, security and contentment amongst consumers. While women's employment rates have increased dramatically within post-Fordism, I argue that trans women's experiences of marginalisation within and expulsion from the workplace points to the narrow parameters of femininity deemed capable of producing such positive feelings. Trans women's visible, audible and behavioural cues of gender alterity lend insight into criteria that position some women employable and others disposable.
|Journal||Australian Feminist Studies|
Irving, D. (2015). Performance Anxieties: Trans Women’s Un(der)-employment Experiences in Post-Fordist Society. Australian Feminist Studies, 30(83), 50–64. doi:10.1080/08164649.2014.998455