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Revista Estudos Feministas

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Abstract

TEIXEIRA, Flavia do Bonsucesso. Stories without a "once upon a time": the (un)certainties of transsexuality. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp. 501-512. ISSN 0104-026X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2012000200011.

From fragments of life stories of (transsexual) people, I try to explain the diversity of their livings, unique experiences, ways of making sense of the process of breaking the gender norms and sexuality. I analyze the inadequacy of medical-legal discourse, anchored in an essencialized truth on the sexualized body, to capture the possibilities of experiences in transsexuality. I argue that the destabilizing potential of transsexuality lies in withdrawing from the reductionist view, which considerss transsexuals as misguided people trapped in a body whose intelligibility would depend solely upon reassignment surgery.

Keywords : Transsexuality; Gender; Sexuality; Reassignment.

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