In the introduction to the Transgender Studies Reader,
“(De)Subjugated Knowledges,” Susan Stryker discusses the language of
gender and the ways in which material determinism permeates Western
culture. She states, “The relationship between bodily sex, gender role,
and subjective gender identity are imagined to be strictly,
mechanically, mimetic – a real thing and its reflections” (Stryker 9).
Transgender studies challenges this idea, focusing on social
construction through language and cultural narratives.