Christie Elan-Cane: Pioneer of Ungendering

Richard Ekins, Christie Elan-Cane, Dave King

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Transgendering takes place within four major modes: those of 'migrating', 'oscillating', 'negating' and 'transcending' (Ekins and King, 2006). Arguably, recent UK legislation, for instance, has gone a long way to 'respectabilise' gender migration, e.g. 'transsexuals'. Tolerance of 'gender oscillating', e.g. cross-dressing/transvestism, has increased markedly in recent years. Contemporary cultural theory celebrates this who argue for a 'transcending' of the binary divide. Largely ignored, in both theory and practice, are those who gender 'negate', who seek to become 'ungendered'.

This talk considers the life and work of UK pioneer of ungendering - Christie Elan-Cane from the standpoint of per ungendering identity, the ungendering 'community', and of ungendering activism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransgender 2009, Conference held at the University of East Anglia, 4-6 September 2009
Place of PublicationNorwich
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2009


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