Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Gender Shock Paperback


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$11.33 $0.01

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (July 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038547718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385477185
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Burke, who adheres to the school of thought that gender is a social construct rather than a natural characteristic, argues that Gender Identity Disorder (GID) should be abolished as a diagnostic category. Very young children and preadolescents whose behavior is deemed gender-inappropriate?"tomboyish" girls, "effeminate" boys?are forced by their parents, school psychologists and psychiatrists to undergo therapy for GID. Treatment can include behaviorism, drugs, psychoanalysis, close monitoring of voice, posture, gait and activities, even hospitalization. Burke presents numerous case histories to illustrate the damaging emotional effects such therapy can have on children who are straitjacketed by rigid gender stereotypes. In support of her thesis that masculine and feminine identities are artificial social constructs, Burke marshals studies of perceived physical attractiveness, then takes us inside workshops for male and female cross-dressers. She not only maintains that gender, sex and sexuality are three distinct domains but also asserts that "gender independent" individuals, people free from society's sexist stereotyping, are more flexible, and more accepting of their masculine and feminine components.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

As lesbian coparent to her partner's son, Burke (Family Values: Two Moms and Their Son, LJ 4/15/93) found herself challenged when asked, "Who will teach him to be a man?" In turn, the author challenges us to explore the connection between gender behavior and sexuality. Burke believes that sex?male, female?is biological, while gender role is behavioral, or learned. She was herself shocked to discover that confusion of the two leads to such practices as gender identify disorders (GID) therapy, in which children as young as three are treated for not acting like a "typical" boy or girl. Much of this book comprises research and documented case histories of GID through the examination of three principal areas: behavior, appearance, and science. Burke feels we all need to acknowledge the feminine and masculine within ourselves to attain gender independence. A thought-provoking work that questions basic assumptions; recommended for academic and public libraries.?Kathleen L. Atwood, Pomfret Sch. Lib., Conn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
7
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book helped us to celebrate our "gender independent" son (a term that Phyllis Burke coins, that I love). Before we read this book, we supported our son's differentness, but we never celebrated it. This book helped our family to truly appreciate what a gift we have in our child.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Gender Shock" is the brutial mistreatment of people "who are gender different." As a male to female transexual I saw the examples as "That could have been me!" Unfortuntally she thinks all treatmens for "Gender Identity Disorder" (GID) are mistreatment. She is wrong. I needed GID diagnosis to confirm access to proper treatment. As an "informed consummer" I was able to avoid the improper treatments that are discribed in this book. Some of my fellow transsexuals have been treated as in this book. Fortunatly they eventually got proper treatment. Her crusade to remove GID will harm those that need access to proper treatment and the future reseach into this condition.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenna Primrose on March 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was an excellent read. Not only did Phyllis Burke entertain, but she also informed me of something I had previously been unaware of: "Gender Identity Disorder"
The book gives great detail of the stereotypes and myths surrounding gender in the US and other countries. It offers a view on several case studies and individuals diagnosed as having GID.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
When glancing over one of the reviews which stated 'everyone should read this book,' I couldn't help but second that advice. This book is one of the most disturbing I have read about gender in that it outlines the extent to which some psychologists, psychiatrists, parents and others go to have children 'conform' with societal norms relating to boys' and girls' behavior.
I couldn't help but wonder what these doctors and parents thought was at stake when a son didn't enjoy 'rough and tumble play' or a daughter did too much. Obviously, fears of homosexuality were paramount, yet some of the treatments were so painful - emotionally and otherwise - to both parents and child that it was rather unsettling to see people go to such lengths to have children act as they're 'supposed' to. And I cannot help but surmise that household contributions on the part of men might be more significant were they brought up playing house or with dolls or any of the other activities that provide early training for girls. Gender equality, however, was clearly not what these parents or doctors were seeking.
The overview of some specific cases clearly illustrates the points that the author tries to make. It's well written and accessible yet addresses some very complicated issues about how we view gender and those who diverge from established standards. It's a must-read for anyone concerned with gender roles, gender equality and the lengths society will go to to make sure that roles remain defined and immutable.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa3072aec)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?