A myth made flesh: Representing female-to-male transsexual desire in visual and textual print
Shanley, Devon William
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Historically, the medical sector and cis-gendered academics have shaped the bulk of transsexual and transgender discourse; seldom have trans people themselves been considered the primary resource in the formation of trans representation. This gap has permitted shame to preside over pride. By engaging with various sources from trans writers, photographers, and filmmakers who work directly with other trans folk, this thesis discusses how these intra-cultural re-articulations promote self-representation and enable erotic desire to flourish amongst the voices and bodies of those most directly affected. In the following I show how different trans voices have reshaped the ways in which transsexual and transgender people are typically represented.