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McNamee, Eugene (2004) Girls and Boys. Law and Critique, 15 . pp. 25-43. [Journal article]

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This article looks at the case of Corbett v Corbett, the founding case for the law on transsexuality in the UK, which denied marriage rights to transsexuals because they were not of 'opposite biological sex', and which provoked the passage of the Marriage Act 1971 in which was enshrined this notion of biological opposition as a prerequisite for legal marriage. The article examines the formal construction of this case and how legitimacy was conceptually constructed for the eventual pronouncement on sexual identity. It seeks, therefore, to lay bare the founding moment of law on transsexuality in the UK, in all its paradoxical self-concealing ignominity.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
ID Code:12971
Deposited By:Dr Eugene McNamee
Deposited On:16 Apr 2010 10:06
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:57

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