Despite decades of activism, resistance, and education, both feminists and gender rebels continue to experience personal, political, institutional, and cultural resistance to rights, recognition, and respect. In the face of these inequalities and disparities, Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse seeks to engage with, and disrupt the long-standing debates, unquestioned conceptual formations, and taboo topics in contemporary feminist studies.

The first half of the book challenges key concepts and theories related to feminist scholarship by advocating new approaches for theorizing interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, critical race theory, trans studies, and genetics. The second half of the book offers feminist critiques or explorations of timely topics such as the 2017 Women’s March and Donald Trump’s election as well as non-Western perspectives of family and the absence of women’s perspectives in healthcare. Contributors comprise of leading scholars and activists from disciplines including gender and sexuality studies, African American studies, communication studies, sociology, political science, and media.

Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse is a compelling examination of some of the most high-profile feminist issues today. It hopes to infuse future and current debates and conversations around feminism and feminist theory with intersectional, imaginative, provocative, and evocative ideas, inspiring bold cross-fertilizations of concepts, principles, and practices.

part |84 pages

Theoretical concepts

chapter |13 pages

Rachel Dolezal, transracialism, and the Hypatia controversy

Difficult conversations and the need for transgressing feminist discourses

chapter |15 pages

(Inter)disciplinary transgressions

Feminism, communication, and critical interdisciplinarity

chapter |13 pages

Visualizing intersectionality through a fractal metaphor

Recursive, non-linear, and changeable

chapter |12 pages

Transgressing whiteness

Contemplative practices in language, communication, and gender studies

chapter |14 pages

The singular they and how it works

A (more or less) structuralist explanation of transgender’s poststructuralist, pronominal revolution

chapter |15 pages

Feminist transgressions

Vulnerability, bravery, and the need for a more imperfect feminism

part |94 pages

Topics and trends

chapter |9 pages

Transgressing the digital terrain

Humor in feminist responses to trolling

chapter |15 pages

Sick bodies in healthcare culture

Health communication that disciplines female bodies

chapter |14 pages

The making of a hollow bahu (Indian daughter-in-law)

Web of influence on bahu disempowerment

chapter |14 pages

“I’m your person”

Television narrates female friendships in the workplace from Cagney and Lacey to Grey’s Anatomy