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If this were ten years ago, my mind would probably be blown.
can i just say "so 1994" and not review a book? Foucault/Butler done well, but so 1994
I have been trying for months to remember the title of this book!I knew the author's name was Riki, but I couldn't remember the proper spelling. I couldn't remember the title of the book either. I DID remember it was written by a trans woman and it was about trans issues. I just found the title on a transgender resource list circa 1998 that I came across in my file cabinet while searching for my birth certificate. Whew! What a relief to know that I hadn't imagined an entire book.
This book is currently out of print. I had to read it for an American Studies class. The author is extremely sarcastic and although my professor thinks it's an excellent book, it was just ok for me. There were some valid arguments and although I learned a lot about her thoughts on transpeople, Riki's "in your face" writing style was a huge turn-off for me.
I knew a little bit about transexuals from psych classes before reading the book. Riki really opened my eyes to a lot of the unique forms of prejudice and trials experienced by people who are transexual or intersexed. This book challenged many of my notions about sexual identity and gender roles, and I am very glad that I read it.
I first read this about a few years ago, but I recently found it and started re-reading it. Riki Wilchins is awesome because she writes intelligently and has an amazing sense of humor about her experiences. Even though a lot of what she writes about is heartbreaking, her writing always makes me laugh.
Realer than theory, more theoretical than straight memoir. Reading this book was a transformative experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to undo their gender -- or just see what this gender thing is all about.
A funny and honest look at the reality of transgender individuals and the transgender community as whole, which aims to help the reader understand the ideas and feelings of this often repressed community.
One of the best and leading transgender voices on the topic of gender and sexual otherness.
Great book to help those unfamiliar or wary of trans issues to see the humanness of the struggle for an authentic gender identity.
Possibly suffering from comparison to some of Wilchins' more recent work, it seemed to be repeating things I'd heard before.
I really want to teach more material from this book but it's maybe a bit to close to a journal. Anyway, I like the connections between theory and daily life.
Wilchins is smart, funny and serious as hell.
This book is rather dated--it was first published in 1997--but that actually adds to its value, because it's a well-written snapshot of transgender activism and theory from well before the "transgender revolution" of the last decade. While I wouldn't recommend it as a first book, or one's primary book, on trans issues, I think it's very worth reading, particularly for trans women like myself who don't have any firsthand experience of that era.
How did I not read this earlier? It was so good. Biting and subversive but also just plain funny. I want to be able to write like this, someday.