'I just happened to be a pregnant man'. Transgender, een begrip dat niet (een) is

  • Marieke van Eijk
  • Jos Motmans


this term to distinguish herself from crossdressing The term transgender has gone through a remarkable transition since Virginia Prince coined the term in the early 1980s. She usedand from transsexuality. Nowadays transgender has come to call attention to an imagined community of people who, in one way or the other, transcend boundaries of gender, sex, sexuality and physicality. However, despite the usefulness to indicate and embrace differences in terms of gender and sex, this umbrella term also carries some fearful contradictions. In this introduction these inherent contradictions are pointed out by paying attention to the development of the term as coined in the 1980s in relation to the emergence of the multidisciplinary field of transgender studies.