Transitioning: (WO)MAN

Betül Akdemir, Israe Buhta, Laura Colstrup, M'Barka Daoudi & Naama Daoudi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project the aim is first and foremost to examine and gain a broader understanding of the internal barriers the transgender people face in relation to being a transgender individual with all that it entails. These barriers consist of a continuous need to perform in society together with being met with many prejudices in their daily lives. For many however, the biggest barrier lies in the inability to be entitled for a sex reassignment surgery by Sexological Clinic, since one must be diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria, a psychological illness in order to qualified. This poses a great problem even for those only desiring a juridical sex change, as one must undergo an obligatory evaluation of one’s condition by Sexological Clinic and the Danish Health and Medicine Authority before one’s Danish CPR-number and one’s name can be changed and for many this is the most vital aspect of transforming the sex. In addition, the fact that one must be diagnosed with a psychological illness in order to undergo an operation goes against the Human Rights. The power relations between the transgender subjects and the different authorities at stake namely the government, the Sexological Clinic and the Danish health and Medicine Authority are examined thoroughly by using Michel Foucault’s concepts of ‘power’, ‘resistance’ and ‘sexuality’. Furthermore the procedure of conducting empirical material and interviews will form the foundation for the interviewees’ understanding of sex, gender and sexuality, that will be investigated with point of departure in Judith Butler’s theory of performativity and notion of sex and gender.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2013


  • Power Relations
  • Michel Foucault
  • Judith Butler
  • Transgender Individuals
  • Performativity