Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco



[Read] ➪ Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco By Clare Sears – E17streets4all.co.uk In , San Francisco s Board of Supervisors passed a law that criminalized appearing in public in a dress not belonging to his or her sex Adopted as part of a broader anti indecency campaign, the cross In , San Cross-Dressing, Law, eBook ↠ Francisco s Board of Supervisors passed a law that criminalized appearing in public in a dress not belonging to his or her sex Adopted as part of a broader anti indecency campaign, the cross dressing law became a flexible tool for policing multiple gender transgressions, facilitating over one hundred arrests before the century Arresting Dress: PDF/EPUB or s end Over forty US cities passed similar laws during this time, yet little is known about their emergence, operations, or effects Grounded in a wealth of archival material, Arresting Dress traces the career of anti cross dressing laws from municipal courtrooms and codebooks to newspaper scandals, vaudevillian theater, freak show performances, and commercial slumming tours It Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, eBook ☆ shows that the law did not simply police normative gender but actively produced it by creating new definitions of gender normality and abnormality It also tells the story of the tenacity of those who defied the law, spoke out when sentenced, and articulated different gender possibilities.Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco

Clare Sears is Cross-Dressing, Law, eBook ↠ Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University.

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  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
  • Clare Sears
  • 11 December 2019
  • 0822357585

10 thoughts on “Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco

  1. says:

    Any review of Arresting Dress has to start with my frustration with Sears theorization of trans identities She begins with the familiar assertion that modern queer and trans identities weren t codified before a certain moment, and we can t map them onto the past, but she then proceeds to decide which subjects in her book are obviously trans and which are not and assign them he, she, or he she pronouns accordingly Notably, Sears is far readier to assign transfeminine identities than t Any review of Arresting Dress has to start with my frustration with Sears theorization of trans identities She begins with the familiar assertion that modern queer and trans identities weren t codified before a certain moment, and we can t map them onto the past, but she then proceeds to decide which subjects in her book are obviously trans and which are not and assign them he, she, or he she pronouns accordingly Notably, Sears is far readier to assign transfeminine identities than transmasculine ones only one of the people in the book who were assigned female at birth is considered obviously trans enough to get a he, and the implicit standard appears to be that a person is trans only if their cross dressing conveys absolutely no social or professional advantage I can accept the basic premise that the genders of people in the past are unknowable, though I wish we didn t always phrase it as if the very idea of a complicated cross gender desire was invented by Lili Elbe What frustrates me is assigned pronouns when a simple they for everyone would have sufficed As it is, the book essentially argues that the past is unknowable when Sears wants to make one kind of point or examine the obvious limitations of the archive , but perfectly knowable when she wants to make another or when it s convenient to take the archive at its word.Having said that, and I know it s a lot to say from a transmasculine archivist, no less, so you re free to evaluate my biases here this is a deeply necessary book It is vigorously researched and vital in its exploration of how race, class, and immigration affected how the practice of cross dressing was read, portrayed, performed, and understood in early San Francisco We can t know how much of the cross dressing detailed here was done by trans people and how much was done for entertainment, pleasure, or opportunity We especially can t know how much of it was done by trans people in the guise of entertainment, pleasure, or opportunity, or for reasons that included all four and the test of whether a person is trans should not be the absence of such motivations But without Sears incredibly thorough work, I wouldn t know these stories or see these connections at all, and I appreciate what she has done

  2. says:

    This book provides a thorough analysis of early American cross dressing criminalization Sears demonstrates how anti cross dressing laws were used not only against trans and gender variant people but also against a variety of problem bodies the municipal and state government sought to control in particular suffragettes, Chinese and Mexican migrants, gays and lesbians, and others Her exploration of the ways in which gender normativity was constructed via cross dressing laws to exclude Chines This book provides a thorough analysis of early American cross dressing criminalization Sears demonstrates how anti cross dressing laws were used not only against trans and gender variant people but also against a variety of problem bodies the municipal and state government sought to control in particular suffragettes, Chinese and Mexican migrants, gays and lesbians, and others Her exploration of the ways in which gender normativity was constructed via cross dressing laws to exclude Chinese and Mexican peoples from the very idea of the norm is one of the most interesting parts of the book That said, the text is full of lively and sometimes depressing stories of the varied group of people who faced arrests, trials, deportations, fines, and public scrutiny for wearing clothing that the Board of Supervisors deemed did not belong to their legal sex.Although an academic text, Arresting Dress is immensely readable and quite short, so it makes a good quick read for anyone interested in trans history Sears skillfully manages to avoid reading contemporary genders onto historical figures, without erasing their lived identities when this information is available a feat I so rarely see in anyone who writes about gender variant people in history All in all, a very brilliant book that I ll be returning to in the future I m sure

  3. says:

    A fascinating history of gender presentation in San Francisco during the second half of the 19th century One of my favorite thing about this book is that Sears resists the temptation to project current and anachronistic categories and labels onto her subjects, allowing her to place her subjects in their proper contexts Sears does not confine herself to subjects who might be categorized as trans today, but also includes other problem bodies regulated by the municipality, such as feminist dr A fascinating history of gender presentation in San Francisco during the second half of the 19th century One of my favorite thing about this book is that Sears resists the temptation to project current and anachronistic categories and labels onto her subjects, allowing her to place her subjects in their proper contexts Sears does not confine herself to subjects who might be categorized as trans today, but also includes other problem bodies regulated by the municipality, such as feminist dress reformers who wore pants and Chinese men who were stereotyped as feminine In doing so, Sears reconstructs ideologies around gender, sex, race, andin a fairly comprehensive manner Definitely an enjoyable read and interesting all the way through, particularly in its discussion of the Gold Rush years

  4. says:

    Interesting book It was the authors thesis and that shows in style and content That said, it s still quite readable I find the book quite timely given the current transphobia, and to see the similarities to the current crisis The book has limitations due to loss of records during the 1906 Earthquake and fire Nevertheless, it s still a great story The story is substantially one sided as we re often dealing only with press reports based on trials, and not with much left to us from these men Interesting book It was the authors thesis and that shows in style and content That said, it s still quite readable I find the book quite timely given the current transphobia, and to see the similarities to the current crisis The book has limitations due to loss of records during the 1906 Earthquake and fire Nevertheless, it s still a great story The story is substantially one sided as we re often dealing only with press reports based on trials, and not with much left to us from these men and women themselves It s good to recognize that transgender may be a new concept, but the human experience predates any word we might coin to capture those human beings who are different, and inexplicable to so many

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