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Gender Blending: Transvestism (Cross-Dressing), Gender Heresy, Androgyny, Religion & the Cross-Dresser, Transgender Healthcare, Free Expression, Sex Change Surgery Hardcover – March 1, 1997
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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.Read more ›
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!