- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: UPNE; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584656832
- ISBN-13: 978-1584656838
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Lori Girshick's helpful, provocative book is a real contribution to the science and sociology of transgender people. Her many luminous interviews allow trans people to speak for themselves; her uncanny and cutting-edge criticism provides both the theory and the compassion in order to further illuminate these voices. Transgender Voices speaks with wisdom, complexity, and insight on a topic key to our understanding of men, women, and everyone else.” (Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and I’m Looking Through You)
“Transgender Voices will become required reading for my Sociology of Gender and Psychology of Gender classes. Lori Girshick's comprehensive style of writing and presenting information makes it a first choice for someone planning to read only one book. The personal testimonies from her interviews are very compelling and touched my heart.” (Allison Elise Cleveland, Executive Director, the Gender Center, Inc.)
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Here in Thailand, there is more acceptance of male gender/female identity than in the U.S., so boy/girls are common. I've not seen it the other way as much, but since women here commonly run their own businesses and drive motorcycles, maybe a female/male gender identity doesn't need as much validation.
I'm a feminine looking woman, very tiny, etc., yet I've always hated shopping, gossip, small talk, decorating, house work, fixing hair, make up, parties, talking on the phone, chick flicks, etc and instead love snakes, insects, breaking horses, crawling around in the underbrush taking photos of wildlife, racing my horses, building gadgets in my shop, etc., but in the U.S. at this time in history, that is acceptable.
Ms. Girshick asks many questions in this book such as what is the relationship between gender identity and sexual orientation? Many of the answers were an identification of androgeneny. But as Girshicks point out, this terms has multiple means.
Gircheck is not the first to address this subject of gender idenity and sex reassignment. Dr. Renee Richards, pediatric opthalmologist and tennis coach to Martina Navratilova wrote about beginning life as Richard Raskind in "Second Serve". Famed trael writer, now retired, Jan Morris wrote about her transformation from James to Jan in "Conundrum".
Still, the subject of the transgener is one that is urually not addressed because it remains uncomfortable for many. Yet anyone who has been rejected by family or friends for any reaon will relate to the pain that endures.
Ms. Girshick's profound book deserves wide distribution and study especially by those who usually avoid this senstitive subject. The book has a few faults but too minor to mention. I hope the book will be read and more reviews posted.