Raymond’s 1979 book The Transsexual Empire lays out her argument that “All transsexuals rape women’s bodies by reducing the real female form to an artifact, appropriating this body for themselves […] Transsexuals merely cut off the most obvious means of invading women, so that they seem non-invasive.”
Author Sandy Stone was directly attacked by name throughout Raymond’s book. Stone’s 1983 response: “The Empire Strikes Back,” is a foundational text in the field of transgender studies and a turning point in the transgender rights movement.
Janice Raymond (janiceraymond.com)
- Janice Raymond
Harvard University Library Archives (hollisarchives.lib.harvard.edu)
- Papers of Janice Raymond, 1972–2018)