- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231157134
- ISBN-13: 978-0231157131
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction informs without being self-absorbed or polemical. (Betty Morningstar, president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers)
In an eminently readable fashion, Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender, and sexual identification to the experiences of 'coming out' and 'transitioning." He then situates the 'trans' person in an historical context―examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way society has viewed and (mis)treated the change from imputed to 'authentic' sex. I am glad I read this book. (Kevin J. Mahoney, professor and director of the Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College)
...a fascinating read... effectively raising questions and prompting discussions about assumptions we've always taken for granted... (Bibrary Book Lust)
...highly recommended reading as a user-friendly introduction. (Youth Today)
About the Author
Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu'tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.
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This book educates the reader on terms used, the idea that even labeling a gender itself being rediculous, while expressing the very real negative societal stigma thrown at a transgender person. Most importantly, the author expresses a deep sense of empathy for the crimes committed against transgender individuals that have basically been allowed and reinforced by society and calls for a change to the way we classify Trans people with a term like "Gender Dysphoria" in a national "Diagnostic and Statistics Manual" alongside Pedophillia/Zoophillia.
A great read for someone who would like to learn a little bit about perspective. After reading this text with an open heart, and an open mind, I did go out and purchase the other book, "Decolonizing Trans/Gender 101". I recommend reading both texts, this one and then the other, to give yourself a better understanding of a Transgender person's experience with life.
This helped inform be, that as a Gay man with Trans friends, who thought he understood what they go through, I NEVER in my wildest dreams, would face the harsh realities my Trans brothers and sisters have to face every day of their lives.