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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; 1 edition (October 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385484569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385484565
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Veronica Vera is an artist, sex activist, and founder of the world's first cross-dressing academy, a truly fabulous institution that has been serving the unique educational needs of "boys who want to be girls" since 1992. Serving more than 100 students a year at her New York City campus, Miss Vera offers courses in makeup application, how to walk in high heels, etiquette for budding princesses, sex education, and, of course, getting frocked. More importantly, she teaches each member of her largely heterosexual male clientele to develop his inner femme and to "take the insights of his femmeself and integrate them into his male persona."

Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls is an informative textbook for readers who want practical advice about all things femme (complete with illustrations and homework assignments). It includes an anecdotal "herstory" of Miss Vera's experiences as a pleasure activist and gender educator and a delightful document of the transformation of the academy's students as they prance toward "gender euphoria" in high heels and glimmering tiaras. This is an indispensable guide for emerging femmes of all ages, sexes, and sexual orientations, as well as an insightful, humorous, and sassy work sure to interest all devotees of gender studies. --Julia Steinmetz

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It is estimated that three to five percent of the adult male population of the United States feels the need, at least occasionally, to dress in women's clothing. Judging from enrollment at her academy, Miss Vera would say that figure is low.

Veronica Vera founded Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls in 1992 and started a gender revolution. Working from the pink palace of the Academy's intimate Manhattan campus, she has helped hundreds of students embrace and master Venus Envy through her expert instruction in the arts of dressing up, making up, going out, and acting like a lady. In her new book, she shares her priceless wisdom with the world.

With sparkling wit and dazzling insight, Miss V gives us the 411 on body hair, foundation garments, make-up, and dressing, as well as offering invaluable advice on Creating a Herstory (finding the real life story of the femmeself within) speech, manners, walking in high heels, and--that biggest step of all--going out in the real world all dressed up. Amply illustrated and filled with the real stories of students and graduates, Miss Vera's Finishing School also offers a fascinating history of how the Academy came to be, as well as Miss Vera's own incisive gender manifesto.

"As we step boldly toward the new millennium, many more of us will be doing it in high heels," says Veronica Vera. In Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, she proves conclusively that, after a long day in wingtips, there's nothing like slipping into a pair of spiked heels.


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Her stories wer very suportive and very kind.
Randi Gene Hooper
It's a great read for the spouse, as well as, the curious that desire to learn more about the crossdresser and who we really are.
Bobbi R. Swan
Inside she feels all relaxed and excited at the same time . . . all lush and juicy.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on April 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
At the suggestion of a friend, I read MISS VERA'S FINISHING
SCHOOL FOR BOYS WHO WANT TO BE GIRLS by Veronica
Vera . . . I found it both amusing and enlightening . . . and while it isn't my typical reading fare, I found it fun to learn about cross-dressing and what exactly it entails. In addition, I also believe it gave me some insight into the female psyche.
Yet no need to fear. I don't see myself becoming a cross-dresser
any time in the near future, particularly since I like my
mustache. And Veronica notes that "no applicant is ready
for the freewheeling life an academy deb if he is not ready
to let go of a handlebar.
"Yet," she went on to say, "there are exceptions to every rule,
even this. I relaxed my rule once when a Hassidic Jewish man
applied for entrance. I knew that his long beard and side-curls
were part of his religious observance and thus not to be removed. Under all of that hair, his long-lashed eyes emanated sincerity and earnestness, so I took pity on him. We used a veil and turned him into an Arabian princess, not only accomplishing his transformation but doing our bit to heal Mideast relations.

There is a basic difference between the way women walk and
the way men walk. Men take control of the earth. Their feet are
planted firmly on the ground. Women go with the flow. We dance
through life. High heels are designed to complement that dancing,light-footed movement. In the days before sidewalks, the entire base of the shoe was often elevated. These early platform shoes made it possible to rise above the muck. Men wore them as well as ladies. But while men have toppled from their pedestals, we ladies remain there, usually being admired.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've not done much in the way of cross-dressing before. (Just a little dabbling for Rocky Horror) But I found myself in the position of being cast to play Albin in the Broadway musical version of La Cage Aux Folles for our local repertory theatre. This book was absolutely the most helpful source of information I have yet come across! I'm especially grateful since, playing the lead drag-queen, I'm expected to be able to assist some of our "Cagelles", about half of which are high school age boys! The light-hearted tone of this book has made it easier to get across some of the challenges involved in a less daunting fashion. Thank you, Miss Vera!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mistress Dominique on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was overjoyed when I began reading this book. I have been a phone sex operator for more than 10 years, with MANY of my clients being "boys who want to be girls". As part of my ongoing learning experience, I bought this book, and was THRILLED when I read it. The book doesn't condescent, isn't "Domme", and isn't a boring critical read. No, it doesn't give as many tips as one might expect, but it allows crossdressers to see themselves in a positive light, to learn that they are "OK" instead of abnormal, to see that one should walk with pride (and more than a bit of grace), instead of hiding out in the closet, fondling the pretty dresses instead of wearing them. The message is upbeat, humorous, and wholly positive. Thank you Miss Vera for helping to bring sexuality into the mainstream!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve from Maryland on January 21, 2000
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I'd like to respectfully disagree with those reviewers who criticize Miss Vera's book as too much of an advertisement for her business. In the book's introductory material she says that what she set out to do was offer people who couldn't come to New York and experience her school some idea of what goes on there. She's going to provide a positive evaluation of it, don't you think? The book may read like a commercial to some I suppose, but I found the book interesting and helpful. I'm a transgendered person who would LOVE to experience Miss Vera's school, but as this will probably never occur, I'm quite satisfied with the book. Would that it were longer!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By vickicdxxx@A0L.COM on March 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am very sorry to say that I was dissapointed in this book. The title says "Boys Who Want to be Girls" This makes the buyer think that this will be a book giving suggestions and help for crossdressing. In fact, there are some helpful ideas, but not enough to justify buying this book. The chapter on speaking with a more feminine voice is not very informative. It mostly talks about students of Veronica Vera. And, that is my main complaint about this book. There are far more stories about Vera's students than is necessary. After awhile reading this book seems like one long ad for her school. I would have liked more insight on how to crossdress. Also, photos on how to apply makeup, etc. would be helpful. To many photos of Vera and her students. Interesting, but not helpful. If Veronica Vera writes another book it should either be a guide to crossdressing, or a book about her school and philosophical insights into the causes of crossdressing. This book did not give me any real help. And, I am sorry it wasn't more informative, and less a sales pitch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am a female-to-male cross-dresser living in San Francisco who thought I'd find this book interesting (although it addresses those cross-dressing in a different direction than myself.) Although I found this book amusing and informative, I did object to the author's insistence on cross-dresssing as a largely erotic past-time. I believe it is mostly a stereotype that people cross-dress soley for erotic fulfillment. I also think the author tries to construct an articial distinction between cross-dressing and other transgender identities eg. transexuality. In doing so, she personalizes and de-politicizes gender, gender identity, and gender/gender identity based discrimination. This book seems almost like an extensive adverstisment for her academy. I also get the feeling that she thinks all male-to-female cross-dressers are trying to fill one particular (sexpot) image. I know from personal experience that this is not true, and I think this book potentially contributes to the sexualization and objectification of transgender people. On top of all that, it would be nice to hear more from the people who themselves cross-dress, rather than someone who "helps" those who do. On the other hand, I enjoyed the light-hearted tone of the book, and I'm sure many people will find useful facts and information in it. Plus, like Kate Bornstein's Gender Workbook, it's pink. Gotta love that.
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