The two sleeps of Orlando: Transsexuality as caesura or cut

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Gender dichotomy is probably the most primary dichotomy internalized in human thinking. It acts as a prototype for all the later dichotomies, in a sense inaugurating dichotomous thinking in general-first within the imaginary of the parent who holds the soon to be born infant in his or her mind-and afterwards within the mind of the infant itself. This chapter focuses on the conditions that enable the establishing of a dialectic and unsaturated gender space-one that enables both a concrete and fantasized creative mobility between the two gender poles-versus the conditions that generate a polar, saturated, gender dichotomous stagnation and stasis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Critical Debates in the Field of Transsexual Studies
Subtitle of host publicationIn Transition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351058988
ISBN (Print)9781138481305
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Oren Gozlan; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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