CFP: [Gender Studies] Bailey Controversy (10/29/07; NWSA, 6/19/08-6/22/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Joelle Ruby Ryan
contact email: 
joeller@bgsu.edu

The Bailey Brouhaha: Community Members Speak Out on
Resisting Transphobia and Sexism in Academia and
Beyond

For this panel, I invite individuals to submit
abstracts who are interested in presenting papers
about the controversy surrounding J. Michael Bailey
and his theories regarding the lives and identities of
transgender/transsexual women. While Bailey’s book
The Man Who Would be Queen was released in 2003 to
overwhelmingly negative reviews, the book caused a
stir for its assertion that trans women can be split
into two groupings: “homosexual transsexuals” and
“autogynephilics.” Trans activists and allies
mobilized and took Bailey to task for his bogus claims
and helped to document a compelling case against him.
Many considered it an open-and-shut case until the
2007 appearance of an article by Bailey colleague and
intersex researcher Alice Dreger, who published a
lengthy apologia for Bailey in the Archives of Sexual
Behavior and castigated trans women activists for
their attempts at “ruining” Bailey.

Possible paper topics may include (but are not limited
to):

• The colonization of trans bodies and identities by
non-trans academics
• The invisibility of transpeople in academia
• the vital importance of resisting “Master
Narratives” like those produced by Bailey, Dreger et.
Al.
• The role of “Science” in perpetuating transphobia
and sexism
• The mobilization by the trans community
post-publication of The Man Who Would Be Queen as a
unique liberatory project in the history of
transgender activism, including the Internet and the
blogosphere
• An analysis of the work performed by specific trans
advocates in the wake of the Bailey fiasco, such as
Andrea James, Lynn Conway and Deirdre McCloskey
• (dis)similarities between The Man Who would be Queen
and Janice Raymond’s The Transsexual Empire
• How the discourse of Bailey, Dreger et. Al. helps to
further a chilly climate for transpeople in academia
and in society as a whole
• The sexism in J. Michael Bailey’s book The Man Who
Would Be Queen
• The interrelationship between misogyny, heterosexism
and transphobia
• Bailey’s connection to eugenics and reparative
therapy and its impact on trans communities
• Bailey’s alleged research misconduct, including sex
with a trans woman research subject

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to Joelle
Ruby Ryan (joeller_at_bgsu.edu) no later than Monday,
October 29, 2007. Please write NWSA Proposal in the
Subject Line. Please include a 250-500 word proposal
description, a brief bio and a 50-100 word abstract
and the following info:

Name

Institutional Affiliation

Address

Phone

Email

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cfp categories: 
gender_studies_and_sexuality