https://youtu.be/Xuspy9vYMBA Leading public intellectual bell hooks engages in inspiring dialogue with Laverne Cox, critically acclaimed actress and the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on television. What are the politics of transgender women? What exactly does contemporary feminism look like? These questions inform their provocative conversation, part of bell hook’s week-long residency at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Ar. Watch the full conversation here.
This past summer, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox declared a “state of emergency” due to the increasing number of murders of transgender women. By August of 2015, the total number of women killed (21 known cases at press time) had surpassed the total for all of 2014. While women such as Cox, Janet Mock, and Caitlyn Jenner have made unsurpassed recent headway in bringing trans issues into mainstream America, this visibility has been accompanied by devastating levels of violence. “Right now we’re experiencing a Dickensian time, where it’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times at once,” says transgender rights advocate Masen Davis, who formerly ran the Transgender Law Center.