ABSTRACT

In the previous chapters I have used the concepts social, sexual and phenomenological body to analyze aspects of transpeople’s embodiment. This provided a nuanced understanding of Transsexuals’ body projects. In this chapter I use the concept of “bodily aesthetics” – to refer to the appearance of the body that is subjected to judgments – in order to understand how three well known T-COs in the UK represent Transsexual bodies publicly. These representations, I suggest, are a part of the political praxes each of the T-COs are engaged in. The T-COs in effect, attempt to represent the Transsexual’s social body. However, the social body is formulated differently by each of the T-COs I consider, each of which attempt to claim ontological positions about Transsexuals’ embodiment.