- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Metamorphous Pr; Revised, Subsequent edition (1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555520138
- ISBN-13: 978-1555520137
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,412,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of Gender Revised, Subsequent Edition
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"This is an excellent survey of the transsexual population and should be required reading for helping professionals . . . For the transsexual, the book contains a good deal of 'how to' information and provides a community of experiences to which one can relate in a positive fashion." - B.A. Lind, Outreach Newsletter END -- Publisher Comments
About the Author
Ms. Stuart was born and raised in Oakland CA and attended local schools and a nearby university. She has four children, all of whom are now adults.
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Not everything in this book pertains to anyone who is transgender and it tends to reflect those with the most serious internal feelings, but overall it is an excellent glimpse into what others have experienced or feel about their transgenderism.
Some transexuals, many, I suspect, will seriously question her opinions in support of such ideas as "Transexuals should submit to anywhere up to three years of psychotherapy before qualifying even for hormone treatment." A reading of Deidre McClusky's "Crossing," reports in skin-crawling detail the dangers, horrors, even, of submitting to examination by these smugly self-satisfied experts.
She gives very short shrift to the argument that transexuals who are adult, mentally stable and competent should be the ones to control their lives. "Most post-op transexuals," she claims, would agree that they should not. She cites a single case of a transexual who sought surgery and then later regretted it. Such "tragedies," she says, must be avoided at all cost, ignoring the fact that less than one percent of transexuals who do have surgery experience any regrets about their transition at all.
In short, expect nothing but orthodoxy here, in the treatment of transexuals. Their own voices are scarcely heard. It's hard to believe that she really listened.
Where this book stands out is the author's ability to provide a blend of researched, clinical information _and_ 'personal stories' together. This book provides an enormous amount of valuable information that goes beyond the individual stories of transsexuals, and picks out the common themes and presents them clearly and concisely for the reader.
If you want to read a transsexual's story, this is the wrong book. If, on the other hand, you wish to understand transsexualism and what it is, this book is unusually accessible.
Others have commented that this book is perhaps a bit dated - although its calendar age is fairly old, this is a topic area where truly good research is rare, and Ms. Stuart has done a superlative job of both research and writing.
Starting off with a set of definitions and descriptions she painstakingly stakes out her grounds for discussion and then carefully and methodically attempts to correct the misconceptions and to debunk the myths surrounding transsexualism. The early chapters of the book deal with the problems and experiences of transsexuals from the early years to adulthood. The final chapters deal primarily with the conclusions reached as a result of her research and the many interviews she conducted. Although the period covered by her work is now almost twenty years old, some of her comments are timeless, being equally relevant to today's world as it was in the 1990's. For example, in Chapter 4 she states in part, "Certainly a society which can find its way to the moon and back has the ability to find fair, discrete, and equitable ways of helping a very small percentage of individuals cope with personal dilemmas without destroying their careers and human dignity. We have become such a wasteful, throwaway society, it comes as a shock to learn the price we pay when we squander our natural resources. Although we are sometimes our own worst enemy, human beings - men and women - are our most precious natural resource. Just as we exact a toll on the quality of our life when we carelessly trash our environment, society pays dearly when we heedlessly toss about human lives as if they were empty, used up cans and bottle."
Despite the fact that the book claims to be about transsexuals, a careful reading of the author's definitions, so important to an understanding of this work, it is equally about transgender persons, a term in use today which was not used when the book was written.
This book is a fascinating read which challenges us all to reevaluate our thoughts on gender. I recommended it highly to all who seek answers to problems associated with trans phenomena; transsexuals, transgenders, their families, their friends, service professionals, and the public in general.
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by Kim E. Stuart
One great book to start looking for answers within ones self.Read more