Future investments: Gender transition as a socio-economic event
Gender transition is one of the most significant events in the lives of transsexual women. In fact, many women assert that undergoing gender reassignment literally renders their lives possible. Gender transitioning, however, does not occur in a vacuum. It is a social process that often involves medical and legal interventions, as well as periods of adjustment amongst family, friends, networks and communities. At the same time, as I elaborate across this chapter, transition constitutes a public engagement that enables feminist scholars to acquire a deeper understanding of assemblages of governance that frame particular societies. After all, gender is a negotiated category whereby one's intelligibility as a proper man or woman is earned by proving to others an adherence to hegemonic aesthetic and behavioural standards.
Irving, D. (2016). Future investments: Gender transition as a socio-economic event. doi:10.1057/9781137495549_2