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A compendium of papers presented at a recent symposium sponsored by California State University's Center for Sex Research, this open-minded exploration of cross-dressing, transsexualism and cross-gender behavior bills itself as "a scholarly version of Stonewall." Combining research reports, case histories, personal narratives and manifestos, this eye-opening survey searchingly delves into trans-gender phenomena across centuries and cultures, from Joan of Arc to Native American peoples to present-day Brazil, Indonesia, Costa Rica and the U.S. The academic authors provide unusually thorough coverage of coming out, counseling, health care, the legal system, political activism and how the world's religions regard cross-gender behavior. Certain essays, however, border on the nonsensical; for instance, one academic argues that Wagner's fondness for fabrics, frills and dressing gowns is indicative of the androgyny permeating his music, while another writer concludes, on the basis of extremely slender archeological evidence, that pharaoh Akhenaten's alleged trans-gender identity led him to formulate revolutionary monotheism. Sexologist Vern Bullough is visiting professor at the University of Southern California, where the late Bonnie Bullough was a professor of nursing; Elias teaches sex therapy at California State.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"...offers essays from researchers, cri de coeur from the transgendered... [and] new information about the most perplexing aspects of human sexual identity." -- Men and Masculinities, July 1999
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573921246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573921244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book, but as a cross dresser, I did not find answers for me in this book. I found it informative about the many diverse classifications of transgenderism. I would not suggest this for a transgendered person to find help, but I would suggest it for a person trying to learn about transgenderism and it's many facits. I found many of the statements in the book to come from the psychiatric community, not from transgenderd people themselves. It is a book looking in, not a book from within.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Denny on March 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bed to differ with the first review. About half the chapters were written by transgendered and transsexual people.

Trans authors include Stephen Whittle,Aaron Devor, Ariadne Kane, Virginia Prince, Jayne Thomas, Holly Boswell, Miqqi Gilbert, Lisa Middleton, Michelle Kammerer, Winnie Brant, Nancy Naneroni, Yvonne Cook-Riley, Lynn Harris, Kymberleigh Richards, Rupert Raj, Jan Roberts, myself, and, I believe some others (I'm not sure how the identify). Several other chapters were written by significant others of transgendered people.

The purpose of the conference that was the basis for the book was to bring together academics, transpeople, and supporters, and the book certainly reflects that.

Here's the table of contents:

1. The Emergence of the Transgender Phenomenon

Transforming Transvestism and Transsexualism: Polarity, Politics, and Gender - Anne Bolin

Transgender: Some Historical, Cross-Cultural, and Contemporary Models and Methods of Coping and Treatment - Dallas Denny

Transgender Coming Out: Implications for the Clinical Management of Gender Dysphoria - Walter O. Bockting

The Transgender Paradigm Shift toward Free Expression - Holly Boswell

Beyond Appearances: Gendered Rationality and the Transgendered - Michael A. Gilbert

2. Transsexual Research and Comment

Narrating Ourselves: Duped or Duplicitous - Karen Nakamura

More Than Manly Women: How Female-to_Male Transsexuals Reject Lesbian Identities - Holly Devor

Self-Testing: A Check on Sexual Identity and Other Levels of Sexuality - Milton Diamond

Multiple Personality Order: A Response to Trauma and the Development of the Cross-Gender Experience - William A.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brettany R. Blatchley on March 21, 2013
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A friend of mine recommend I read one of her papers in order to clarify some issues we had spoken about. After searching the Internet, I came to realize that this volume contained her paper.

While Yvonne's paper did not address my points of curiosity, I found many other papers addressed things I had not even thought to ask.

Some of the papers are a bit dated, but still very useful. They provide a bit of perspective on scholarly transgender thought in the 1990s. As a transsexual woman myself, I found the bits about cross-dressing to be largely irrelevant to my experience, yet they helped me better understand people on that end of the transgender spectrum.

Papers varied from describing transgender people, to how have they appeared clinically, to diagnostic protocols, transitional tools, trans-hued spirituality, legal aspects, and include some poignant personal mini-biographies.

I would recommend this book to scholarly folk, both trans and non-trans (cisgender) who want to go into more depth in any of a number of trans-related issues, possibly as a reference to their own contributions to the growing body of knowledge on this fascinating topic.

The only reason I did not give this publication five-stars was that I wish it spoke more to my experience as a transsexual woman, and not in terms of protocols and surgical descriptions (both of which may easily be found on the Internet and have substantially improved). Yet, my disappointment was largely overcome by the breadth and depth of the material on transgender experience as a whole. It is a book I will keep and consult as I continue to grow through my own transition.

If you are deeply interested in the subject, this book should be on your shelf!
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Because each chapter is written by a different expert and covers widely differing aspects on gender, there will be much of use to both the casual reader and the researcher into gender issues. Highly recommended, even considering that it was first published over twenty years ago. Some of the articles have been re-printed and are in currently available texts on their respective issues. A great addition to your library.
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