Critical Writing Index

"Unheimlich" Maneuvers: The Genres and Genders of Transsexual Documentary

by Christie Milliken

The Velvet Light Trap, Spring 1998, no. 41, pp. 47-61

Beginning with an analysis of patriarchal structures, Christie Milliken addresses the ideas that influence varying viewpoints on male-to-female and female-to-male (FTM)transsexuals. The cultural implications that have given rise to the visibility of FTM sexuality are assessed followed by a deconstruction of the issues questioned in specific works by Annie Sprinkle, Monica Treut, and Alisa Lebow. The article brings to light problems in discussions of transgender identities such as how gender stereotypes are formed and the ways in which language is limiting to identification. Transgender activists take on the means to remedy these issues.

ITEM 1998.130 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Linda/Les and Annie - The First Female-to-Male Transsexual Love StoryAnnie Sprinkle

MaxMonica Treut

OutlawAlisa Lebow

Leslie Feinberg

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual MenBestor Cram