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With her first full-length book, biologist, writer and musician Serano positions herself as a Betty Friedan of the transsexual community. Making a case that trans discrimination is steeped in sexism and that trans activism is a feminist movement, Serano delivers a series of articulate, compelling and provocative essays that unmask many of the misconceptions surrounding transsexualism, gender and feminism. Where most books on the topic focus either on first-person accounts or clinical observations, Serano approaches her topic from multiple angles. Tempering her own experience as a transsexual woman with psychological documentation, historical research and sociological data, she explores the debate on biology versus socialization; the media's "lurid," "superficial" and "contrived" depictions of trans women; the psychology of transitioning; "boygasms" versus "girlgasms"; nonacceptance and marginalization of transsexual women by the feminist community; and the subtle shades of gray between masculinity and femininity. Though her writing is dense at times, Serano largely succeeds in breaking down complex issues and offering deep insights that will be valued by anyone interested in transsexualism or gender studies. (June)
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I've been waiting so long for a smart, sane feminist perspective on femininity by someone who has real life experience, writes in an engaging, intelligent tone and sounds like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beautiful matter
Informative and accurate. Gives an accurate description of what it's like to be a trans woman. Of course her's is not the only experience, but it's better than someone else's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melody
This is whole new territory for me, the trans* journey and understanding it. I needed desperately to educate myself more about this journey as a close family member has recently... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann W. Turner
This book is amazing! I've never seen someone seamlessly integrate so many of the thoughts I've been having recently about power and identity and gender and sexuality and a ton of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Quoia
Wonderfully intelligent and unique commentary. Providing a trans-positive alternative to the traditional discourse on transgender issuesPublished 5 months ago by Will
I loved this book! I found her voice to be a desperately needed addition to the discussion about cultural projection, projective identification and subjective identity regarding... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Earth Worm