Accounting for Power and Academic Responsibility
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Dreger’s historical account of the controversy surrounding Bailey’s (2003) publication of The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism (TMWWBQ) provides an exciting and thorough review of a complicated series of events. Dreger attempts to consider multiple perspectives in her investigation and supports her inquiries with an impressive amount of documentation. Much of her evidence is compelling. However, the article yields opportunities for critique. Due to space limitations, this commentary highlights just a few important oversights that compromise Dreger’s conclusions, specifically the issues of imbalanced representations, ignoring academic responsibility, and downplaying histories of power differences between trans people and the academics who study them.
An issue apparent throughout Dreger’s account is the unevenness of perspectives. During her investigation, Dreger maintained close contact with major players in this controversy–particularly Bailey...
KeywordsMedical Transition Transsexualism Trans People Academic Responsibility Gender Body
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