Magnus Hirschfeld (1910) Die Transetites (The Transvestites) - Coggle…
Magnus Hirschfeld (1910) Die Transetites (The Transvestites)
Case Studies 1-17: how do they work?
They start with intro about hereditary links, incest, effects of syphillis. The intros suggest he wants to find a hereditary claim
Case 7: Mr. G "tabetic, no incest, the idea of "degeneration
potential for situating gender variance as "in need of cure"
what if biology does sort of help with "born this way" arguments for affirmation
but then it's about their own langauge and reports from the patients. It's not him reporting, but relying on patient observations abouut themselves
relies on journals, letters--the idea of queer subjects producing knowledge about themselves
these are clinical interviews that could easily be...silencing? even dehumanizing for the individual, but Hirschfield does try to be as humane and open as possible, at the same time even at best the project is still tying life choice and hereditary factors to a person's lived sexuality...weird idk how to feel about it quite yet...
The use of case studies are usually used to research certain scientific singularities or special cases. It still feels like a predatory way to go about the interviews as cases.
It did realize a sense of gender dysphoria that was likely never given voice/platform at this period in time
It also could be enlightening for people who find this and read it and relate to the individuals in the individual cases
gender affirming care doesn't interrupt heterosexuality
The "erotic drive to cross dress" cuts across bodies and genders and sex drives
it doesn't HAVE to lead to same-sex relationships
sexed bodies don't preclude
it also doesn't overdetermine trans identity
that "not all homosexuals are effeminate" and "not all effeminate men are homosexual" (148)
i feel like data is good and productive, like its actually idea-neutral, but in accordance with the current systems of power (big pharma; insurances; homophobia) it will most likely be used in harmful, discriminatory, delimiting ways for people's bodily autonomy (doesn't have to be tho)
Intermediaries (Chp 10 pg 215): manly man and womanly woman--but what about the rest? Is this early gnc or gender non-binary
It seems like there's different levels of femininity and masculinity that any individual can be regardless of being amab or afab
pg 219: 4 catefories and the concept of the "absolute" man and an "absolute" woman
only abstractions, invented extremes" = woke about social constructs?!
with 43, 046,721 combinations
trying to boil down the binary feels outlandish
Other readings: Emily Quinn's Ted talk, "The way we think about biological sex is wrong" was another recourse about this from WGST
Julian Savulescu (2019), Ten ethical flaws in the Caster Semenya decision on intersex in sport: