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Abolish Cisness: Abolish Stasis

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Abolish Cisness: Abolish Stasis
author
Buckner, Eliza Blair
abstract
Nowadays, it seems, trans life is always up for debate. Ricocheting everywhere from casual deliberations in bars to zealous religious sermons, from niche digital enclaves to legislative chambers across the globe—the ‘trans debate’ issues a call and demands a response. Yet, beyond the thinly veiled pretenses offered to drape objections to trans life, the ‘trans debate’ is not actually about keeping bathrooms safe, ensuring equity in sports, resisting medical predation, making prisons non-violent, securing academic freedom, or protecting ‘the’ children. Instead, I argue that the ‘trans debate’ emerges to secure cisness as whiteness as stasis through inventing a public nascently threatened by unnaturally sex/ual Others. I examine moments typically unthought of as debate in order to complicate the way both transness and debate are classically operationalized, producing a way to respond to the ‘trans debate’ without acceding to its terms of rejoinder.
subject
Abolition
Apophasis
Cisness
Debate
Stasis
Transness
contributor
Von Burg, Alessandra (advisor)
Watts, Eric K (committee member)
Atchison, Jarrod (committee member)
date
2024-05-23T08:36:16Z (accessioned)
2024-05-23T08:36:16Z (available)
2024 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/109432 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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