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Becoming a Visible Man Paperback – June 4, 2004
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―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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While I haven't had the fortune (yet) to be familiar with Green's writings in the FTM Newsletter, I have no doubt that he provided much help and wisdom to its breadth of readers. His writing is balanced and aware of its biases, always mindful of questioning the existing structures of power, and responsible to those with whom he seems himself in community and alliance. By no means does this mean that Green attempts to speak for or about all transpeople or all transmen, or that he understands all transpeople or their experiences to be the same. Rather, Green is quite adamant about the differences between and among transpeople, at the same time that he is clear that we must come together in all our differences to effect true social change. And to his credit, through this all, his author's voice is calm and poetic; a great combination indeed of form and context!
I really could go on at length about the merits of this text...there isn't one thing I didn't like or find useful in its 231 pages.Read more ›
Becoming a Visible Man was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and won the CLAGS book award.
It is, secondly, a comprehensive review of all the physical dimensions of changing gender as well as addressing all the administrative complications. For example, changing your birth certificate, so you can change your drivers license, so if you get pulled over by the police, they don't read gender=female when you have a beard and moustache. All the complications you would never think about if you haven't been there.
Then thirdly, there is the politics of transgender. As with any aspect of life, there's the battle for who represents you. Who speaks for you. And Jamison has done a wonderful job of speaking for FTM persons and for allowing the readers to understand the complexities of that arena.
It is a well-designed book (Vanderbilt University Press), well-edited with an index and a comprehensive bibliography.
I would recommend this book to anyone with any curiosity about life whatsoever.
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Best book I have read on the subject. Very thoughtful and clear. Amazingly honest and open about his process. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MCap
Love this book. Bought it after hearing the author speak. Have passed it along to several others. Stunningly honest, an authentic voice with an important story to share. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DrCST
Jamison Green is brilliant. This book is amazing and filled with more knowledge. A great read.Published 18 months ago by RCC
Jamison's story is fairly cliche for trans men but the fact that he had a long history at the point that he wrote the book makes it invaluable for people new to trans men's... Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Scott
I found this book to be extremely informative. It gives a good account of the history of transmen (and, to a degree, transsexuals in general) over the past few decades. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by MMaricle
Very informative. Can be a bit academic at times but there is much to connect with for those who are in the process of transition or are trans-gender. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by balmerartist
This is a terrific book for any FTM whatever stage of inquiry or transition they may be in. Jamison Green addresses not only his activism on behalf of FTMs, but also the concerns... Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Kungfuquaker