Confessing Society, Confessing Cis-tem: Rethinking Consent through Intimate Images of Trans* People in the Media

Confessing Society, Confessing Cis-tem: Rethinking Consent through Intimate Images of Trans*... C onfessing Society, Confessing Cis- tem Rethinking Consent through Intimate Images of Trans* People in the Media Alexandre Baril As a trans person and trans scholar who has specialized in trans* issues, over the past decade I have received more than fi ve hundred media requests to participate in a wide variety of reports, television features, fi lms, documentaries, variety shows, and so on. Although these requests cannot be reduced to a homogeneous mass, they have mostly been strongly motivated by an insatiable curiosity about my transition and guided by the desire to “show” my bodily transformation and “tell” this intimate story to the public. Media professionals’ “will to know” about trans* people oft en translates into stereotypical media representations focused on autobiographical stories of transitions and visual representations, including intimate images. Like many trans* people, during the fi rst few years of my transition, I participated in media projects involving the immortalization of intimate images (images of nudity) of my transition, for which it becomes impossible to withdraw consent, because consent to the distribution of images in the media, contrary to sexual consent, is a singular and irrevocable event. Unfortunately, I am not the only person dealing with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

Confessing Society, Confessing Cis-tem: Rethinking Consent through Intimate Images of Trans* People in the Media

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University of Nebraska Press
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Copyright © 2008 Frontiers Editorial Collective.
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1536-0334

Abstract

C onfessing Society, Confessing Cis- tem Rethinking Consent through Intimate Images of Trans* People in the Media Alexandre Baril As a trans person and trans scholar who has specialized in trans* issues, over the past decade I have received more than fi ve hundred media requests to participate in a wide variety of reports, television features, fi lms, documentaries, variety shows, and so on. Although these requests cannot be reduced to a homogeneous mass, they have mostly been strongly motivated by an insatiable curiosity about my transition and guided by the desire to “show” my bodily transformation and “tell” this intimate story to the public. Media professionals’ “will to know” about trans* people oft en translates into stereotypical media representations focused on autobiographical stories of transitions and visual representations, including intimate images. Like many trans* people, during the fi rst few years of my transition, I participated in media projects involving the immortalization of intimate images (images of nudity) of my transition, for which it becomes impossible to withdraw consent, because consent to the distribution of images in the media, contrary to sexual consent, is a singular and irrevocable event. Unfortunately, I am not the only person dealing with

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jun 30, 2018

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