How mainstream transgender appeals to bathroom privacy and equality buy into the sanitization of American spaces and lives.
Claire M. Class
Claire M. Class teaches writing; women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also finishing her Ph.D. in English and American literature. She accepted an assistant professor position with the New York Institute of Technology beginning in fall 2016.
Posts by Claire M. Class
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.