In this article, I deal with the disparagement of femininity and trans persons in multiple levels of our culture, including in some feminist theory and Shakespearean criticism. I point out that contemporary culture, patriarchal institutions, and some feminist positions share misogynistic stances towards expressions and embodiments of femininity; and these perspectives carry over into some criticism, as well as our academic institutions and classrooms. I examine the double-standard that is often applied to feminine-gendered behavior and bodies in contemporary culture and the profession. In so doing, I address the points of tension and common ground between feminist, queer, and transgender theories in the field of Shakespeare and early modern studies. In addition, I advocate and suggest ways to implement transfeminist approaches to teaching Shakespeare within the contexts of popular culture and contemporary media.
“Transmisogyny in Popular Culture, Feminisms, and Shakespeare Studies.” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. Special issue: Shakespeare Performance through a Trans Lens. Ed. Alexa Alice Joubin. 14.2 (2023): 23 – 43. https://borrowers-ojs-azsu.tdl.org/borrowers/article/view/315
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