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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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BENTO, Berenice. Sexuality and trans experiences: from the hospital to the bedroom. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.10, pp. 2655-2664. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012001000015.

In the aftermath of studies on masculinity, it is impossible to consider the production of gender identities without linking them to the relationship aspect. This change was due to the incorporation of the relationship perspective in this field of study and criticism of the concept of gender founded upon an alleged concept of femininity and masculinity to create interpretations of the place of bodies in the gender order. The objectives of this paper are: 1) to show how a given concept of gender can render multiple expressions of gender visible, like the trans identities (transsexuals, transvestites, cross dressers, drag queens, drag kings, transgenders) or sublimate them and contribute to their pathologization. The second objective will be to present narratives of trans men and trans women, who will tell us about their sexual experiences. Psycho-physicians contend the non-existence of sexuality in their bodies as being one of the indicators to lead to a diagnosis of transsexualism. I will attempt to argue that the theoretical basis that supports the pathologization of trans identities and the assertion that trans people are asexual is based on a conception that links and renders gender identities conditional upon biological structures.

Keywords : Masculinity; Gender; Transsexuality; Sexuality.

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