“To insist on the liveability of one’s own embodiment, particularly when that embodiment is culturally abject or socially despised- is to under take a constant and always incomplete labour to reconfigure more than just the materiality of our own bodies. It is to strive to create and transform the lived meanings of those materialities.”

Gayle Salamon, Assuming a Body: Transgender and the Rhetorics of Materiality, p 42, 2002