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Which Way Did He Go, George? A Phenomenology of Public Bathroom Use

  • Kevin Jenkins
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Abstract

Under what conditions are bodies allowed or denied access to spaces, especially to those spaces designated as publicly available yet segregated? How does a formerly marked body move once it becomes invisible? How does one who has lived their entire life with a marked body know that they have become invisible? In this chapter, Jenkins describes how his legibility changed during stages of gender transition as his body altered from one that was marked as a lesbian to transgender to one that is invisible as a white heterosexual man, affecting his access to public bathrooms.

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Related Further Reading

  1. GLSEN. (n.d.). Educators! Support trans and GNC students! [Web page]. Retrieved from https://www.glsen.org/article/educators-support-trans-and-gnc-students
  2. PFLAG. (n.d.). Allies [Web page]. Retrieved from https://www.pflag.org/allies
  3. Trans Student Educational Resources. (2017). Infographics [Web page]. Retrieved from http://www.transstudent.org/graphics

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Jenkins
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  1. 1.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryCollege of Visual Arts and Design, University of North TexasDentonUSA

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