Title: Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men
Author: Carla A. Pfeffer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Ozzie and Harriet, move over. A new couple is moving into the neighborhood. While a growing body of literature on transgender men’s experiences has come to the forefront, Queering Families brings the experience of their partners to light. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with fifty cisgender women partners of transgender men, author Carla A. Pfeffer details the experiences of a community often overlooked in today’s society.
Queering Families expertly details both the struggles and strengths of these postmodern “Harriets” as they work to build and strengthen their identities, partnerships, families, and communities. Pfeffer’s interviewees discuss the implications of visibility and invisibility in their everyday lives as they face barriers and find paths to legal and social inclusion; carve out new lexicons for both their partners’ bodies and their own sexualities; and plan and construct families with (or without) children of their own.
With remarkable depth and insight, Queering Families explores a rapidly-shifting social landscape that continues to challenge the very notion of what constitutes a “same-sex” or an “opposite-sex” relationship, marriage, and family.