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Intersec+ions: Engaging with Trans/Feminist Herstories

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Kate Marston & Claire Thurlow look towards a positive future for inclusive feminism, exploring rich herstories of trans-feminist alliances

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Over the last few years, the UK has witnessed a rise in prominence of anti-trans feminist voices in social and mainstream media. Amid an ongoing backlash against trans lives, it has been frustrating to observe the widespread circulation of ill-informed articulations of what feminism is and who constitutes a feminist subject. These articulations reduce feminism to a single-issue project as opposed to a diverse set of intellectual and activist movements that have long recognised and challenged the complexities of patriarchal power as it intersects with other systems of oppression. The attempt to pit feminism against trans lives belies a history of feminist and trans entanglements and alliances, and continues to ignore the resilient support of women for trans people to self-identify their gender. In this seminar, we consider how the UK arrived at this moment and how academics and activists can build towards more trans positive futures, by recognising and exploring some of the fraught yet rich herstories of trans and feminist alliances and politics.

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Kate Marston is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Their research explores young people’s digital sexual cultures through creative, visual and arts-based methods. Prior to commencing their PhD, Kate worked with young people in the voluntary sector on projects affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights. Alongside their PhD, Kate works as a Research Assistant for the AGENDA project, which promotes whole school approaches to addressing gender and sexual injustices through the interactive resource - AGENDA: Supporting Children and Young People in Making Positive Relationships Matter.

Claire Thurlow is a PhD candidate in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. Her current research looks at contemporary feminist reactions to trans identities and rights in the UK.

Intersec+ions is a research network based at Cardiff University's School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Email us at intersections@cardiff.ac.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @CDF_Intersect. Visit our website here.

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