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Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men

Carla A. Pfeffer


A feminist sociologist by training, Carla A. Pfeffer studies women whose boyfriends and husbands have not always been recognized as men in the world. The transgender partners of the women Pfeffer interviews often—but not always—take testosterone and/or pursue masculinizing surgeries in order to bring their bodies and others’ views of them into greater alignment with their identities as men. This, however, may present a unique dilemma for their nontransgender (or “cisgender”) women partners, many of whom self-identify as lesbian or as “queer.” The women Pfeffer interviews describe being suddenl ... More

Keywords: couples, families, gender, identity, LGBTQ, partnerships, queer, sex, sexuality, sociology, transgender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199908059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199908059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carla A. Pfeffer, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina