"On Tracking and Transitions" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

"On Tracking and Transitions"

April 1, 2016 - 1:30pm
Toby Beauchamp (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

This talks reads the scene of U.S. airport surveillance through the lens of transgender politics. I critically examine the common concern that airport security may misinterpret certain bodily technologies, such as protheses used by some transgender people and people with disabilities, as weapons rather than as medical necessities. By considering how those areas of the body understood as especially private--the genitals in particular--are historically suffused with public anxiety, I intervene into calls for more sensitive or accurate airport screenings, arguing for a more complicated understanding of bodily privacy, health, and vulnerability.

*This lecture is part of the GSWS "Doing the Body in the 21st Century" Conference

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