Tuesday, 21 March 2023 13:49

Interview with Marlene Wayar & Susie Shock (2019)

Interview with Marlene Wayar & Susie Shock (2019) HIDVL
In 2019, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Argentine trans/“travesti” activists Marlene Wayar and Susy Shock on the occasion of their event at the Hemispheric Institute “Travesti Cartographies.” In the interview, Shock describes their community work and how the trans women in their writing workshops express themselves with the profound sense of play necessary to elaborate the “political novelty” that is trans identity. Wayar stresses that trans political agendas still need time to mature because up until now they have largely had to focus on securing their safety (for instance, from the police) and basic (for instance, medical) needs. Other topics they talk through include: the politics of trans childhood; the right to sex work as a form of self-expression; the need to resist bien pensant liberals’ extractive or “charitable” moralizing interest in trans problems; the uses and limitations of feminism for trans politics; and recent Argentine laws about abortion and gender identity.


"Marlene Wayar is a Travesti activist from Argentina. She directed El Teje, the first Travesti newspaper in Latin America. Wayar studied social psychology at the Popular University of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. She is the General Coordinator of Transgender Future and Co-founder of the “Silvia Rivera” Trans Network of Latin America and the Caribbean. Together with Lohana Berkins, she founded the Nadia Echazú Textile Cooperative, named after the famed trans rights activist. In September 2011, she received the Lola Mora Prize for El Teje, awarded by the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires. In 2018, Marlene published her first book Travesti, una teoría lo suficientemente buena.

Susy Shock was born in December 1968 in Buenos Aires. Daughter of a father from the pampas and a mother from Tucumán, she has been acting, singing, and writing for over 30 years. She defines herself as a ""trans sudaca artist."" Shock has collaborated with SOY, the LGBTI supplement of Página/12; Revista Caja Muda, published by the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Córdoba; and AJÍ magazine from Tierra del Fuego, among others. She currently writes opinion pieces for MU magazine and publishes regular installments of a graphic novel in Maten al mensajero. In 2007, she published her first book of poetry Revuelo Sur, which was followed in 2011 by Relatos en Canecalón and Poemario Trans Pirado, all published by Ediciones Nuevos Tiempos. In 2014, she toured nationally and internationally with her Poemario Trans Pirado (a show of poetry and songs) and also put out her first album, Buena vida y poca vergüenza. In 2016, she received Honorable Mention in the National Award for Tango and Folklore for her song “Con mi carro voy,” and published Crianzas and Hojarascas the following year. In 2019, Susy released her second album, Traviarca, with la Bandada de Colibríes, and embarked on a world tour."


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