So great to meet you all today! I am very much looking forward to this class! Our discussion about reality TV today reminded me of this recent article I saw about the new show "Conveyor Belt of Love." Transman Scott Turner Schofield was a contestant without any mention of his gender-identity. The show is hilariously terrible, and Scott is both endearing and fascinating to watch as he explains that he's on a tour to promote his book about masculinity, without ever disclosing. It's worth watching! (PS: Scott speaks on college campuses about being FTM, so this was not revealed as a scandal....its just that he's well known in queer and trans communities, and he was recognized on the show, hence the blog link below):
So obviously questions about discourse on passing-as-trouble emerge from this example. Judith Halberstam's IN A QUEER TIME AND PLACE addresses how transgenderism is often discussed as trickery and deception. How can we re-articulate passing in a way that does not criminalize transfolk?