Página/12 SOY Supplement
Leticia Sabsay on 'Crossing the Border'
During the summer of 2011, Florencia de la V, a transsexual icon of the Argentine mainstream show-business industry accomplished “her dream of becoming a mother”. This immediately caught the attention of the media, who celebrated the event and, with perverse curiosity, followed the story of Florencia and her partner, who were attempting to return to Argentina with two babies that had been surrogated in the US.
In this interview Leticia Sabsay, author of Sexual Borders. Urban Space, Bodies and Citizenship, looks into the positive press response and takes the opportunity to offer a more nuanced reflection on how mass media represents the transvestite and transsexual communities in Argentina. She draws our attention to the sharp contrasts between this case and the more invisible daily life of trans in Argentina, who continue to suffer the burden of social and legal discrimination on a number of fronts that affect their lives dramatically. Along these lines, Sabsay shows how the exceptionality of Florencia de la V’s opportunities serves the fantasy of overcoming battles that are in fact yet to be won.
The full text of this article is available in Spanish on the Página/12 website.