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Abbasi, A. McNamara, S. (2015). The Body One Is: The Best Form of Containment or The Crying Game Redux. Psychoanal. Inq., 35(8):786-794.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35(8):786-794

The Body One Is: The Best Form of Containment or The Crying Game Redux

Aisha Abbasi, M.D. and Susan McNamara, M.D.

By and large, the gender binary holds internationally. There are long-standing pressures in the psychoanalytic world not only to see gender development in a linear trajectory, but to attempt to peer backward to discern normal or abnormal trajectories. The emphasis is on categorization, rather than curiosity. This article examines hostile readings of, and reactions to, gender ambiguity that can result in psychoanalytic policing behaviors and bring transgender people into contact with psychic violence for not being readable at a glance.

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