Seawater/C-cup: Fishy Trans Embodiments and Geographies of Sex Work in Newfoundland


  • Daze Jefferies Memorial University




In this work of autoethnographic research-creation, I think with my augmented breasts—beyond the medical archive and away from the clinic—as an embodied inquiry into trans geographies of sex work in the island world of Ktaqamkuk/Newfoundland, Canada. Employing the felt knowledges of my breasts in visuals and poetics, I illustrate fishy entanglements shared between my sex work and breast augmentation that have reframed my social and sexual embodiment. Engaging with my breasts as a contact zone of embodied dis/pleasure, economic promise, and social violence, I suggest that paying creative attention to trans women’s breasts might reimage notions of trans sex-working desire.

Author Biography

Daze Jefferies, Memorial University

Daze Jefferies is a multidisciplinary artist-poet-researcher at Memorial University whose research-creation focalizes upon embodiments, geographies, and histories of trans women (and) sex workers in Ktaqamkuk/Newfoundland, Canada. Her work (an assemblage of poetics, sound, theory, and visuals) has been exhibited and performed at artist-run centres, conferences, festivals, galleries, and theatres nationally. She is co-author of Autoethnography and Feminist Theory at the Water’s Edge: Unsettled Islands (Palgrave Pivot 2018), and she has recent publications in Transgender Sex Work and Society (2018) and Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry (2019).




How to Cite

Jefferies, D. (2020). Seawater/C-cup: Fishy Trans Embodiments and Geographies of Sex Work in Newfoundland. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 11(1), 17–35.