Trans*Am: Cis Men and Trans Women in Love

Trans*Am: Cis Men and Trans Women in Love

by Joseph McClellan


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Trans women—assigned male at birth and later transitioned into a female gender— are recently in media because of celebrities and controversial legislation. Therefore cis men—who identify with a masculine gender they were assigned at birth—are now called upon to share their experiences as lovers of trans women. Using theory and personal anecdotes, the author questions the codes that cis men and trans women use to interpret their own and others' gendered and sexed bodies.

Joseph McClellan , Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh, has taught philosophy, Buddhism, and gender studies, and translated and introduced contemporary French philosopher Michel Onfray's A Hedonist Manifesto: The Power to Exist.

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ISBN-13: 9780996485241
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joseph McClellan, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh, He has previously taught Western and Asian philosophies, as well as Gender Studies, at a number of U.S. colleges and universities. While drawing on his background in these fields, his book Transam is deeply personal. Trans women have played a major role in McClellan's adult life as friends and lovers. After years of intimate discussions with friends and lovers about the unique issues confronting trans women and their partners, he was frustrated by the muddled state of the discourse and convinced that philosophy could contribute to its clarification. He believes that if the complexities of contemporary sex, gender, and sexuality are unpacked through philosophical reflection and discussion, trans people will suffer less as victims of society’s misunderstanding and its ensuing wrong-headed legislation and institutional hostility. Columbia University Press published McClellan's translation of contemporary French philosopher Michel Onfray’s book A Hedonist Manifesto: The Power to Exist, and he has published translations from Tibetan.

Table of Contents


Intro - The Outer and Inner Lives of a Transam

1 - Not Another Label!

2 -More About Why

3- Four Truths

4-Shifting Sands: Models of Sex and Gender

5-Darwinian Reflections

6-The Temptation of Validation: Words, Meanings, and Surgeries

7- Loss and Murder

8- Worlds of Interpretation

9- Against Interpretation

10-The Naked World

11- A Transam Sexuality

12-The Problem with Procreation

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