1st Edition

Trans Reproductive and Sexual Health Justice, Embodiment and Agency

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    Focusing on reproductive and sexual justice, this important book explores in detail both the challenges that trans people face when negotiating reproductive and sexual health in restrictive social contexts, and their agency in advocating for change.

    Chapters cover a breadth of topics such as intimacy, sexual violence, reproductive intentions, sexuality education, oncology, and pregnancy, introducing readers to the latest research in the field as well as key emerging concepts. The authors identify core principles for trans reproductive and sexual justice, providing a broad overview of what is currently succeeding and what can be built on going into the future.

    Trans Reproductive and Sexual Health offers a comprehensive exploration that is essential reading for academics and students in psychology, sociology, gender studies, and related areas, as well as clinicians and policy makers, offering direct implications for professional audiences working in health and social care.

    1. Introduction
    Damien W. Riggs, Jane M. Ussher, Kerry H. Robinson and Shoshana Rosenberg
    2. Why pleasure?
    Shoshana Rosenberg
    3. Violating bodily boundaries: Sexual violence experiences of trans women
    Jane M. Ussher, Alexandra J. Hawkey, Janette Perz and the Crossing the Line Study Team
    4. Transgender men and pregnancy
    Rosie Charter, Jane M. Ussher, Janette Perz and Kerry H. Robinson
    5. “We need to be heard, respected and supported”: The impact of sexual health care interactions and discrimination on the mental health of trans and gender diverse people
    Jane M. Ussher, Bella Bushby, Chantell Sheehan, Alexandra J. Hawkey, Janette Perz, Eloise Brook and Jane Costello
    6. Holistic sexuality education and fertility counselling for trans children and young people
    Kerry H. Robinson, Cristyn Davies, Jane M. Ussher and Rachel Skinner
    7. Erasure of identity or gender euphoria: The impact on cancer on trans embodiment
    Jane M. Ussher, Rosalie Power, Kimberley Allison, Samantha Sperring, Chloe Parton, Janette Perz, Cristyn Davies, Alexandra J. Hawkey, Kerry H. Robinson, Martha Hickey, Antoinette Anazodo, Colin Ellis and Teddy Cook
    8. Views on fertility preservation amongst trans young people and their parents
    Damien W. Riggs and Clare Bartholomaeus
    9. Men, trans/masculine and non-binary people’s views about pregnancy
    Damien W. Riggs, Carla Pfeffer, Francis Ray White, Sally Hines and Ruth Pearce
    10. Conclusion
    Damien W. Riggs, Shoshana Rosenberg, Jane M. Ussher and Kerry H. Robinson


    Damien W. Riggs is a Professor in Psychology at Flinders University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He is the author of over 200 publications on gender, family, and mental health.

    Jane M. Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, at Western Sydney University. She has published 13 books and over 300 publications in women’s sexual and reproductive health, including the health of trans people.

    Kerry H. Robinson is a Professor in Sociology at Western Sydney University, Australia. Kerry has expertise in childhood, gender and sexuality; sexuality education; and gender and sexuality-based violence and harassment and has written widely in these areas

    Shoshana Rosenberg is a butch dyke living and working on unceded Wurundjeri/Boon Wurrung land in Naarm/Melbourne. Their writing focuses on the intersections of transness, sexuality, health, sonics, and faith.

    'Positioned under the banner of trans reproductive and sexual justice, this book extends scholarship in this area beyond the "simple and unreflexive" binary view of gender. It presents an array of contributions by leading voices in the field on issues pertinent to trans people's reproductive and sexual health, from sexual pleasure to reproduction. Theoretical rigour stands out as a strength of this book, which promises to make an important theoretical and empirical contribution to scholarship.'

    Dr Tracy Morison, Massey University, New Zealand

    'This vital collection moves the study of trans people’s sexual and reproductive lives beyond transnormative logics, calls for inclusive language, and damage-centred research. We are reminded that even in light of the myriad of barriers to reproductive and sexual health and justice, trans people can and do experience joy, pleasure, happiness and euphoria.'

    Dr A.J. Lowik, Gender Equity Advisor, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, US

    'This book demands we confront the gendered and sexual hegemony that have limited the life chances, self-determination, and agency of not only trans people, but all of us. The authors reveal new pathways to justice, and indeed liberation, through an explicit focus on the experiences of trans and gender diverse people in the arena of reproductive and sexual health and rights. The exacting prose, rigorous engagement with extant literature, and skillful argumentation make this volume essential reading for anyone interested in reproductive and sexual justice, contemporary feminism, human rights, or queer and transgender studies.'

    Dr. Avery Everhart, incoming Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Information and School of Public Health, University of Michigan, US