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About the Author

According to a special reoprt by the Traditional Values Coalition entitled "Homosexual Urban Myth," Thea Hillman is a radical who conducts erotic readings to promote the "homosexual revolution." She frequently does presentations about sex and gender at colleges, conferences, and festival throughout the US.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc. (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933149248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933149240
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David S. Hall on September 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a sexuality educator, I have some familiarity with the world of Intersex people. I have loved them, cried with them, rejoiced with them, mourned their death, and heard many of their deepest stories. When I read this book, my heart cried, and I learned a lot more than my text books tell me about gender identity.

I probably met Thea Hillman in San Francisco in the early 90's, we seem to have attended a few of the same events, but I have no specific recollection of her. Now I feel I know her well. She bares her soul in the many chapters of this (sort of) diary. She speaks of her experiences as a young child, being diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, and what that experience meant to a four year old girl who was growing pubic hairs, a child who was poked and examined by many doctors, and had a total lack of personal privacy of her body. She comes back to this experience many times in the stories she tells of her life as a person who does not really know what gender she is. She speaks about her "outwardly simple though visually misleading, internally complicated gender." She speaks of her mother's prayers that she would be normal. She speaks of normal this way:

"I take the war on terror personally because the war on terror is really a war on difference, because my body strikes terror in the hearts of other Americans.

"My body and the bodies of the people I love are the most intimate sites of American imperialism. Because our sex anatomy isn't normal, they operate on us without our consent. Because who we have sex with isn't normal, they won't let us get married. Because our gender isn't normal, they don't give us jobs, health care, or housing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Perez-darby on October 13, 2008
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Thea's newest book is breathtaking, brutally honest and completely awe inspiring. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. The pieces in this book all come together to create the kind of brilliance that fills me up. It's so hard to present ourselves as whole, complex, complete people and Thea Hillman does this in one of the smartest ways I've seen.

I've been telling everyone I know to buy this book. This is the kind of book that all the queers should be reading and many probably are. I think everyone should read Intersex: For Lack of A Better Word including my mom, my sister, my co-workers, lovers and friends. In short, Thea Hillman is brilliant!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lilycat on March 4, 2009
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This us an amazing. It is so honest, raw, and heartfelt. All the stories were not only real but poetic. I learned a lot about Intersex, but the lessons taught were not heavy handed. It was a very enjoyable read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eleth on November 23, 2012
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I found this book at a local library, read the entire thing... and as an intersex person, this book only depressed me further, and made what little hope I had managed to scrounge up from the pit of my soul, about who I am, completely dissipate.

I do not recommend this book for anyone looking for hope that they could be loved, or that they are normal, or for anyone who is very much not interested in the ridiculous gender politics of the day. If you have ANY amount of gender dysphoria, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. It'll be on you if you don't heed this warning.

I know how it feels, all too well, for everyone around me to treat me like a freak, and to feel like one- nay, believe I was one- for decades. I also know how it feels to be scared and ashamed of your own body, but I also know that having sex with someone who doesn't understand is not the way to heal this emotional pain.

This book is autobiography, so if you came to it looking for hope, look elsewhere.
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