Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution (Seal Studies) 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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"An invaluable text for anyone who wants to better understand evolving concepts of gender. Essential."―CHOICE
"Ground-breaking and all-around excellent"―Autostraddle --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B0716GZ8GG
- Publisher : Seal Press; 2nd edition (November 7, 2017)
- Publication date : November 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 20413 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 158005689X
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- Best Sellers Rank: #157,947 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once you get past the first chapter and into the actual history, things get quiet a bit better, though there are odd choices throughout, such as where Stryker spends a page talking about how someone wrote a biography of a 19th-century trans man, but he himself is left out of the chapter on trans folk in the 19th century. There's also a huge amount of material that seems to be missing or ignored entirely, with Stryker spending most of chapter 3 talking about self-identified transvestites to the exclusion of groups like the "Fairies" discussed at great length in George Chauncey's Gay New York, many of whom appear in retrospect to have been trans feminine. (Chauncey's book, one of the best works of queer history in the United States, is not referenced at all.)
Sadly, the book then falls apart completely at Chapter 5, which was new for the Second Edition. Allegedly it looks at the shifting transgender identities and growing acceptance since the year 2000, but it feels like a long list of "and this thing happened, and this thing happened, oh and this other thing happened" without any compelling organization. There are section headings, but no real narrative structure within each. It may simply be the history here was too recent to write about effectively—a very real problem with recent history—but regardless the chapter is largely unreadable and can safely be skipped.
Long story short: chapters 2 to 4 are worth checking out, but definitely skip chapter 1 and 5.
Despite these rather glaring flaws, the book is well-written enough, and addresses an interesting subject well enough, that it is still a valuable read. However, I caution all who choose to read this—this is an incomplete depiction of a larger picture. Do not let this be the only book you read on the subject.
Stryker provides a great list of supplementary reading and viewing, as she only aims to provide a foundational understanding through this text. Other books go into greater depth on particular demographics within the community or decades within the movement, but Transgender History provides a broad overview of the most significant details. If you have the time to delve deeper it's wise to do so, but if you aren't able to this book equips you with what you need to understand the fundamentals.
Transgender History is enjoyable, thought-provoking, and comprehensive. It is one of the best books I read last year, and I've already recommended it to many people in my life. If trans rights are important to you, you will love this text.
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New York ma, prima ancora, San Francisco. I contrasti, gli studi, le politiche. Uomini muscolosissimi che prima erano ragazze. Le difficoltà di accesso ai trattamenti sanitari. “Transgender history” ripercorre le tappe storiche della lotta per i diritti dei trans, confrontandola con i movimenti gay, lesbo e persino femminista, a volte alleati, spesso in competizione.