Klicktipp: Interview at NOTCHES with Jen Manion: Female Husbands: A Trans History (Online-Publication)

NOTCHES: (Re)Marks on the history of sexuality (Web)

NOTCHES is a open-access, peer-reviewed, collaborative and international weblog for the history of sexualities, sponsored by the Raphael Samuel History Centre in London.

The posts are sorted by different categories. In addition to a geographical assignment or a time period, there are content categories. These categories are – among others – the following:

One of the latest posts in NOTCHES is an interview with Jen Manion about her new book „Female Husbands: A Trans History“ (published on 14 June 2022) (Web)

Jen Manion: Female Husbands: A Trans History

Long before people identified as transgender or lesbian, there were female husbands and the women who loved them. Female husbands – people assigned female who transed gender, lived as men, and married women – were true queer pioneers. Moving deftly from the colonial era to just before the First World War, Jen Manion uncovers the riveting and very personal stories of ordinary people who lived as men despite tremendous risk, danger, violence, and threat of punishment. Female Husbands weaves the story of their lives in relation to broader social, economic, and political developments in the US and the UK while also exploring how attitudes towards female husbands shifted in relation to transformations in gender politics and women’s rights, ultimately leading to the demise of the category of ‘female husband’ in the early twentieth century.

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Jen Manion: Female Husbands is about white working-class queer couples from the 18th and 19th centuries. The husbands were people assigned female at birth who transed gender, lived as men, and married a woman. Read more and source … (Web)