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Becoming a Visible Man Paperback – June 4, 2004
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Gender goes beyond chromosomes, a point broadly knowledgeable transgender activist Green makes early in the compelling, immensely readable story of his FTM (female-to-male: Jamie to Jamison) transsexual experience, from which he emerged fortysomething chronologically yet younger than 20 psychosexually as a consequence of biochemical and surgical sex reassignment. In discussing adjustment to a man's body, Green remarks that those whose bodies originally "match their gender identity take their bodies for granted in the process of identity formation"--a luxury "transgendered and transsexual people don't have." Perhaps nontranssexuals may more easily grasp Green's journey from Jamie to Jamison via the concept of realizing personal integrity, and thereby gain immeasurably from his testimony. Meanwhile, they will be educated by Green's detailed descriptions of available transsexual surgeries--he underwent metoidioplasty, the transformation of female genitalia into a male-appearing organ that, sometimes called a micropenis, is significantly smaller than average for penises, though functionally normal--and by his summary of his expenses since 1989 and his comparison of them to the costs of similar procedures today. Whitney Scott
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"Jamison Green tells, with integrity, and in a moving and thoughtful way, his story."
--Dallas Denny, Editor, Transgender Tapestry Journal
"An intelligent and engaging book. Jamison Green, an extraordinary activist and advocate for FTM transsexuals, demonstrates that he is also an extraordinary writer. Green artfully blends the personal, the informative, and the political, and grounds it all in a generous vision of inclusive communities. He makes a thoughtful and persuasive case for making gender visible."
--Joanne Meyerowitz, author of How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States
"When the premier trans-activist of a generation decides to write a memoir, we should be grateful. When Jamison Green weaves his personal and political experiences into a magnificent story it is all the more reason to celebrate. Becoming a Visible Man shows why he is a leading voice to a generation of transmen and transwomen and why this issue should be on the top of the agenda for all of us in the twenty-first century."
--Henry Rubin, author of Self-Made Men
"Jamison Green has given a great gift--based on experience born of a great personal journey, he demystifies gender in a way that transfixes the reader. The biological journey from zygote to adulthood unfolds to challenge the neat little boxes into which our culture drives gender each day. This is an essential contribution to the growing body of literature on gender identity and expression."
--Elizabeth Birch, former Executive Director, Human Rights Campaign
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I will say that at times, I had trouble following the timelines.
Green, explores his own experiences and tells them in great detail. He's very educational and has helped me get through some tough times. It's a book I couldn't help not buying. It's in my library when I need to go back and see that I don't need to apoligize for who I am.
For me, education is key (that goes for everything) and I wanted to learn everything I could about the man I was falling in love with. Finding myself face-to-face with Jamison Green's Becoming a Visible Man had me mesmerized. I could not put this book down and in learning more about the transition process, found myself falling even more in love with my FTM.
I found this book easy to read, simple to understand and very helpful with all those burning questions swimming around in my head.
I learned `gender' and `sex' are two completely different matters. I learned that any person on their road to self-discovery and transition is not only brave, but the most honest a person can be. I also learned that when we accept the transgender community, we are enabling each of us to be the best of what is possible.
If only all of society would educate themselves about the transgender community; people would learn that your sexual organs do not make up who you are as a gender. Ignorance breeds hatred and unfair prejudice. Jamison's book helps teach us that we are all born human beings, and that the journey of a transgendered person is not by choice, but rather necessity.
I applaud Mr. Greene for sharing such intimate details of his personal story and anyone who is courageously transitioning.
So many passages resonated with me in this book, but I will close with one of my favorites:
"If we are concerned that others will perceive our physical differences as laughable deficiencies, the answer is not to dehumanize and desensitize ourselves so we can manage rejection, but to sensitize others to appreciate us, and to learn to manage our own self-doubts so that others will be able to see worthy partners in us".