Conquering The Wrong Body
Conquering The Wrong Body
by MIGUEL MISSÉ
A sweeping book that questions first-hand the gender norms and rejection which trans people are made to feel towards their bodies
Combining personal experience with a sharp critical gaze, renowned activist and sociologist Miguel Missé weaves a sweeping book challenging the dominant medical discourse on gender and transsexuality. “I have this strange feeling that my body has been stolen", he admits, questioning why trans people are systematically required to reject their bodies and modify them. As well as bodies deemed too fat, too thin, too flat or bald, Missé denounces in his book the solution proposed by medicine to transexulity being a visit to the doctor and their operating table.
Using both an intimate and scathing style, he invites us to stop understanding transsexuality as something biological requiring medical solutions, and to start thinking of it as a social identity, with a cultural and political dimension. Missé opens very valuable conversations, and reflects on how medicine builds the masculinity, feminity and how it shapes the trans experience. An invitation for us all to recover our bodies and to live freely our bodily insurrections, whatever they may be.
- Published in 2018, 172 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: A la conquista del cuerpo equivocado
- World Spanish: Editorial Egales, 2018
"One of the most interesting and powerful positions we have heard in Spain on gender and transgender-related topics " —RTVE
"A book that delves, in first-person, into the deconstruction of gender and its pathology" —LA MAREA
"Missé shrewdly challenges the transgender discourse that links the malaise felt by many trans people to a problem with their body" —Marta Borraz, EL DIARIO.ES
"A book that questions whether the modification of the body has to play a part in the trans experience" —PLAYGROUND MAGAZINE
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Miguel Missé is a sociologist and trans activist. His interest are currently focused on the promotion of a trans-plural and critical culture as well as raising awareness for exemplary individuals with diverse and transformative gender experiences. His involvement includes different lines of work ranging from research, pedagogy and the creation of projects which intertwine culture and ideas.
An independent consultant and trainer in the field of public policies for sexual and gender diversity, he also collaborates as an external researcher in the field of sexual and gender diversity at the University of Vic Central University of Catalonia.
His previous publications include TRANSEXUALIDADES: OTRAS MIRADAS POSIBLES (EGALES: 2013) and recently published CONQUERING THE WRONG BODY ("A la conquista del cuerpo equivocado," EGALES: 2018).