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Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation [Kindle Edition]

Kate Bornstein , S. Bear Bergman
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Book Description

In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers — new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world's most respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.

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  • File Size: 1535 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1580053084
  • Publisher: Seal Press; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042RU87C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation October 3, 2010
Sixteen years ago, Kate Bornstein published a land mark book in the transgender community, titled Gender Outlaws: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. It became a landmark work, exploring gender roles, attitudes and the fact that there are far more than just two genders. Now, in the year 2010, Kate and her co-author Bear Bergman have brought forth this generation's version, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.
Kate Bornstein, born into a male body in 1948, transitioned to a woman in 1986, and settled into the lesbian community as an author, playwright and gender theorist. However, while she definitely did not feel that she was a male, she also questioned whether or not she was female, stating that her transition to such was because it was the only other option to being male available to her. She launched into explorations of the gender binary and questioned the rigid idea that that only two polarities of gender - male or female - exist. Her books include Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure (Novel, co-authored with Caitlin Sullivan), My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws.
Bear Bergman's story comes from the opposite side of the gender fence. Ze was born in 1974, and is an activist, writer, theater performance artist and poet. Bear's work and life questions all facets of gender and gender expression. Hir's books include Butch is a Noun, The Nearest Exit May be Behind You, and now, with Bornstein, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive anthology of diverse "genderqueer" voices November 6, 2010
Fifteen years after Kate Borstein's landmark "Gender Outlaws" anthology, which gave the definitive platform to varied transgender voices, she joins well-known gender activist, author and performance artist, S. Bear Bergman, in this ambitious and impressive collection of prose, poetry, graphics and observations from 47 extremely diverse individuals involved in trans and "genderqueer" issues throughout the world, many of whom were quite young at the time of Borstein's original work. They illustrate how gender issues and stereotypical perceptions and attitudes in today's society and culture affect their lives, and provide a valuable insight to those both inside and outside of the movement. Facing a myriad of obstacles, they remain positive and focused on a future in which gender will be considered less of a given but more of a byproduct of being.

I'm a gay man who considered myself fairly well informed about transgender issues, but this book opened my eyes to issues and problems I could have never imagined as an outsider. From the "Catch 22" of being identified by others as a gender you were never comfortable with and left behind, to being criticized by other transsexuals because one declined (or could not afford) gender reassignment surgery, to the detailed experiences of a pregnant "transman," I not only learned a great deal from this book, but firmly now believe it makes the obstacles that gay men and lesbians face seem simple, by comparison. Recommended reading, five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOAR! January 28, 2012
By Andrew
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An AMAZING anthology of people's voices. It's heartening and happy and sad and sexy all rolled up into one fantastic book that I absolutely adore. There's a lovely piece by Julia Serano about the countless ways to express a trans identity, followed appropriately by Sam Peterson's section heralding a fourth wave of feminism - one of compassion. Every work in this book is beautiful. It's also comforting, as someone who isn't able to reach out into a local queer community, to know I'm not alone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. July 6, 2011
By Kelsey
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After I studied some of Kate's work in one of my classes and saw her speak at my school, I bought this book. I have never been happier! Although I don't necessarily identify as a gender outlaw like the people represented in this book, this book really forced me to think outside the box and explore the truly fluid quality of gender. And the commentary presented by Bear and Kate is hilarious! I'd definitely recommend this book to any aspiring gender/queer theorist/enthusiast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! November 15, 2012
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I love feminist/sexually progressive anthologies, and this one hits the mark! It is my second favorite, only to Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape. Whether you identify as trans*, *queer, gender*, or you just think the things society connects between *down there* and what ought to be *up here* (points to head) is nonsense - this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book! July 15, 2012
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This one arrived as brand new and very, very quickly!!! Cheers up! And for sure it cotains the best discution about gender issues compiled in a very pleasant reading. The introduction for the book is also great, written in a non-usual phone talk among the two authors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing anthology March 26, 2011
An amazing anthology of young trans voices with a truly amazing variety of experiences and perspectives on being gender outlaws. This is a must-read for anyone at any level of familiarity with feminist/LGBTQ theory. Very relatable and makes you think. I read this on a single long train ride it was so engaging!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, wonderful, insightful!!!
After reading the first volume, I had to get the next generation. I read dont read much but I can't put these books down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amber Shock
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for jumpstarting thought processes
This book is not flawless - some of the passages were a bit boring or repetitive, some just make no sense at all (to me - looking at you, random poetry), but overall, it is very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by WookieBear
4.0 out of 5 stars Short stories from several people.
Many short stories about every type of relationship you could imagine. Very interesting but done in an interview style. Hard for me to follow at times.
Published 9 months ago by J Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars There are better books out there about this subject.
This book is really badly written, and it's written by and for people who think they know what it means to actually be the opposite gender or who hope to, yet fail to accomplish... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and illuminating
An excellent read. It is a collection of many writings by a wide variety of gender variant people. Some of these people are very good writers; a few not so much. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark A Heifner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection of Essays
This is an excellent collection of essays exploring gender outside of the traditional binary. For transgender or LGBT readers, this collection will expand your understanding of the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by NTXBOI
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
As a young transfeminist I found this inspiring. I love the original Gender Outlaws and this just further increased my love for Kate Bornstein and my community.
Published 20 months ago by Wolfgang
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this collection of essays. I have no formal education in queer and trans* issues, so maybe someone else would find this boring. Read more
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