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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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DAVI, Edmar Henrique Dairell  and  BRUNS, Maria Alves de Toledo. To Get on the heels: body building transvestite from the Merleau-Ponty's perspective. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2017, vol.23, n.2, pp. 158-166. ISSN 1809-6867.

Our objective is to understand what meanings transvestites attribute to the process of body transformation. The administration of silicone and hormones and surgeries in order to obtain the ideal body have become common place among this population and even led to public health issues. The phenomenological method and the reflections of philosopher Maurice Merleau- Ponty were elected for the analysis and understanding of the discourses of three transvestites of social class C and D and age 25 on average. The results generated three categories: "initial experiences"; "building the body" and "the body unveiled in the street". In their effort to shape up the perfect body transvestites cross the line between genders and create a sui generis erotic syntax. They subvert the meanings of self care in order to meet the market logic. They shape up their body balancing the feminine and masculine in them as well as their desire and fear of violence.

Keywords : Transvestites; Body; Phenomenology; Merleau-Ponty.

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