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Pre-Operative Transgender Motivations for Entering Policing Occupations

Panter, HA (2017) Pre-Operative Transgender Motivations for Entering Policing Occupations. International Journal of Transgenderism, 18 (3). pp. 305-317. ISSN 1434-4599

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Abstract

This article examines the motivations for American, English, and Welsh transgender motivations for entering policing. Historically and empirically, policing has been documented as a social environment where binary gendered ideologies are strictly enforced and upheld. Further, scant research on transgender perceptions of the police have highlighted fear of sexual assault, fear of arrest, heightened levels of police violence, and general uncomfortableness with interactions with the police. This article argues that instead of avoiding a perceived volatile binary gendered environment, pre-transition transgender identities seek out policing due to hyper masculine expectations of the job itself. I argue that MTF (male-to-female) and FTM (female-to-male) pre-transition transgender identities seek refuge within the hyper masculine environment of policing to ease internal conflicts as a result of gender dysphoria (i.e. pre-transition distress) prior to transition. In this study, 13 transgender police officers from America, England, and Wales were interviewed about their motivations for entering policing. As Brown (1988) alluded to, this study found that a majority of male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) transgender identities chose to enter policing due to gender distress pre-transition. This research found that pre-transition MTF chose to enter policing to combat their gender dysphoria by proving their “masculinity”, and FTM enter policing to foster and embrace their “masculinity”.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Transgenderism on 10/02/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15532739.2017.1281194
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1699 Other Studies In Human Society, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 11:37
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 11:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/15532739.2017.1281194
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7256

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