ABSTRACT

This chapter begins with an exploration of how some radical feminists misrecognize what embodiment and the bodily aesthetic is for Transsexuals. It draws on the phenomenological concept of 'intentionality', where subjects illustrate productive ways of challenging dichotomous theorizing about trans bodily aesthetics and embodied practices and, in so doing, highlight the diverse phenomenology of transpeople as subjects. There are noticeably distinct political positions between Transsexual and Transgender theorizing about bodily aesthetics, or rather, theorizing is mostly about distinctive aspects. Transgender production, on one hand, is viewed as a positive 'non-distressed' self-production in which prescribed meanings of gender attributes are creatively contested and produced by the body without constraining choice. Transsexual consumption, on the other hand, is taken as a negative aspect of their body work, because Transsexuals apparently consume their body parts based on gender norms, which are constructed through medical discourses of distress. One important insight from Kando (1972) is that passing for Transsexuals is an ongoing process.