Transgendered Persons and Feminist Strategy
26 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013
Date Written: 2004
The feminist movement has struggled over how to integrate transgendered persons into feminist activism, legal analysis, and politics. The issue has recently crystallized in the case of Kimberly Nixon, a male-to-female transgendered person who was refused a counseling position at the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter. This article explores the various dimensions of the conflict, locating the Nixon case within a discussion of transgendered human rights claims and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality analysis. The article challenges the strategic and legal choices made by each party. It links the difficult questions in Nixon to the limitations of rights discourse as a (feminist) (equality rights) tool. The article concludes that the best way to deal with this particular conflict is through sustained dialogue rather than further litigation.
Keywords: gender issues, transgender, feminism
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