Susan Stryker and “Transgender Studies”

In 2010, as part of my research for The Victims’ Revolutiona book about the parlous and ever-proliferating phenomenon of identity studies in universities, I attended a Queer Studies conference at Humboldt University in Berlin. One of the stars of the event was Susan Stryker, a male-to-female transsexual who was born in 1961, raised in Oklahoma, received a Ph.D. in history at Berkeley, and at the time of the Berlin event was a high-profile professor at Indiana University, to which she commuted regularly from her home in San Francisco. At her session in Berlin, the deep-voiced, broad-shouldered, square-jawed Stryker spent the first few minutes serving up a jumble of standard-issue leftist comments about various aspects of postwar America; she then settled down, for a while anyway, on a single topic: the Tea Party, which she described as fascist and racist, but nonetheless saw as promising because it at least represented a “non-elite” reaction to America’s “neo-liberal” capitalist establishment.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I have an idea. Why doesn’t everybody who’s normal just pay absolutely no attention at all to wackadoodles like this?

  • Sharkibark

    Is that a really, really ugly woman or a really, really ugly man in drag? Either way I give no s**ts about what she says. Not because she’s ugly outside, but because she is ugly inside.

    • terrence22

      IT is ugly on BOTH the inside and outside – stone cold ugly

  • Chatillon

    It should come as no surprise that anyone so deluded as to live such an ugly perverse lie would have no difficulty in inventing ugly perverse lies to dress other people up in.

    I’ll bet you could strike a match on “her” 3:00 shadow.

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  • richard

    She looks like a trans steamroller

  • andycanuck

    Stryker? I just met “her”!