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- Print Length: 150 pages
- Publication Date: January 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IK94VE
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Vitale's work here, "Gendered Self," addresses the reality of the gender transition process, the issues, the complications -- medical, social. Not "comprehensive" -- but if you're considering transition, or some form of "trans" whatever, this is useful reading.
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I do have one small complaint. Dr. Vitale needs an editor. The book is well written, but it has only been spell-checked. There are unfortunate examples of subject-verb-object disagreement, failure to pluralize words and other minor grammatical errors. This is unfortunate, as the book is otherwise superb. My highest recommendation!
Dr. Vitale's writings are apt to provide a breath of spring for those dealing with what has been more commonly known by the deeply pathologizing label of Gender Identity Disorder. Her book is written in a factual, no-nonsense, yet compassionate and understanding tone by a person who has "walked the walk" herself and understands that transgender ideation is a "client-centered" issue. She makes the point that the therapist would do well to have the client be clear on what are the best possible choices to make, rather than the therapist inflecting her or his own opinions, prejudices and judgments upon the client.
In the face of one of the most difficult of the psychological issues for society to understand and accept, Dr. Vitale has penned a wonderfully "normalizing" work. She is of the view that gender concerns in general are really the result of the societal construct of an artificially created bi-gendered system, nurtured by religious beliefs and a paternalistic society. As such, it is not really an issue that gender variant individuals, those dispersed randomly throughout nature's normal gender continuum, should have to suffer needlessly about.
The reader will find that there is a great deal of new information presented in this work, a book that reads with the speed and interest of a well-written novel. Not since Mildred Brown and Chloe Rounsley's "True Selves," has there been a volume that explains the transgender phenomenon in so thoroughly readable a manner. However, whereas the 1996 "True Selves" was geared more toward neophyte transgender individuals entering in to the process of exploring their own gender identity issues, "The Gendered Self" comes from a much more sophisticated and updated place, taking into account the decade and one-half since the publication of the Brown and Rounsley book, along with a growing knowledge base, the availability of the internet as a sweeping form of communication medium and the much enhanced sophistication of interested readers.
"The Gendered Self" stands as a work that gender specialists and interested parties alike will find to be academically sound in terms of the presentation of theories, history, case studies, therapy direction, gender role options, medication and a myriad of other areas important for counselors and interested individuals to know and to keep in mind. Because Dr. Vitale does not see the transgender issue per se as a disorder, she makes the point that there are no cures, but it is clear that there are many ways to deal with GEDAD. In so doing, Dr. Vitale offers a thorough review of available permutations and possibilities.
Whether you're a therapist or a GEDAD sufferer, you will find pearls of wisdom in Dr. Vitale's book about this little-understood, but deeply troubling condition.
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