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Boys Like Her: Transfictions Paperback – May 6, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books, Press Gang Publishers (May 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889740860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889740860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Choosing which public bathroom to useAmen's or women'sAseems a simple thing most of us do everyday without thinking. That decision raises complex issues, however, for a diverse and growing group of people. "Transgender is the term that has come to refer to all those who blur or bridge the boundary of gender expression they were assigned at birth: cross-dressers, transsexuals, intersex people, Two Spirits, masculine females, feminine males, drag kings, and drag queens." Feinberg (Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul, LJ 7/96) identifies as a "masculine, lesbian, female-to-male cross-dresser and transgenderist." During the spring of 1997, Feinberg spoke around the country to such groups as the Texas "T" (Transgender) Party in Richardson, TX, where she addressed 350 heterosexual cross-dressed men and their spouses. She stresses the need for coalitions in the trans-liberation movement. Interspersed among adaptations of those powerful talks are short self-portraits of a wide variety of transgender activists. Taste This was formed in 1995 by a group of four writers and performers (Anna Camilleri, Ivan Elizabeth Coyote, Zoe Eakle, and Lyndell Montgomery), who alone or in various combinations tell stories, play music, sing, and "sort of" dance. Their first book is based on material originally written for performance, here transformed into evocative narrative fiction. In her brief foreword, Kate Bornstein refers to these stories as scary and forbidden, told with "great dignity, great gentleness, grace, and gallantry." The handsomely designed volume is illustrated with 75 images of the group on the road and at home. Both titles raise consciousness about different ways of being in the world, and each speaks eloquently to the need for civil rights for all of us.AJim Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book made me laugh cry and smile, i was moved, amussed, and captivated!
tento9@aol.com,tento9@yahoo.com
This book helped me to come to terms with my own gender identity, and made me feel proud about whoever/whatever I am!!!
"leddicusshmeddicus"
I borrowed it and read it practically in one sitting cuz I couldnt put it down.
Rae

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on May 6, 1999
I wish I lived in Western Canada so I could have a chance to see Taste This (the performance troup whose work is showcased in this book) in action! The four members give some great memoirs and assorted stories of growing up different in terms of gender and sexuality. I wanted the book to go on and on because every story makes you stop and rethink the terms of gender forced upon us by society. And don't even get me started on the pictures!!! :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J on November 7, 2003
This book is brilliant! For me at least it was like coming home. The stories are diverse, spectacular literary snapshots of life in the shadowlands of gender. It was confirmation and a challenge and I just can't recommend it enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
I don't usually like collections (they are often too uneven) but this one truly stands out from the pack. It is consistently beautiful writing, each of the stories meshing together well - kudos to the editor who pieced this one together! The photos are also excellent. It's wonderful to read some challenging (without being academic), entertaining and beautiful. This book sets the pace for the next generation of queer writers. My pick for a Lambda award, personally.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "leddicusshmeddicus" on May 23, 2002
"Boys Like Her" is a GREAT BOOK!!!! It's incredibly well-written, each member of Taste This has their own unique voice in their writing and it makes for very eclectic, great reading, and the photographs are awesome!!!! This book and the contents of it definitely shine some light on transgender and gender issues in general, and that info is much needed!! This book helped me to come to terms with my own gender identity, and made me feel proud about whoever/whatever I am!!! :D All the members of Taste This are AWESOME!!!! So go buy this already!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rae on September 19, 2002
I saw Lyndell play with Ember Swift a year ago and more recently we got the book from a friend of Ember's. I borrowed it and read it practically in one sitting cuz I couldnt put it down. It's transfixing, they way they write and I love how it's from 4 different view points, sometimes touching on the same event. It's hard to find in actual stores so please pick it up online! or go to one of Ember's shows if her and Lyndell are comin near you, it'd definitely definitely worth it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TheQueenShe on June 28, 2003
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book... even if you can't relate to transgenders you can relate to the emotions and raw reality expressed among the pages. Great book, easy read, highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tento9@aol.com,tento9@yahoo.com on July 30, 1999
This book made me laugh cry and smile, i was moved, amussed, and captivated! The photos kept me up at night. The honesty of the authors tempted me to write and express myself as openly as they do. A wonderfully yummy read! lizzie
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
No matter what your gender or identification(butch, femme, trans, etc..) you'll find this book to be one of the most touching/thought- provoking books you've ever read.
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