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I was quite impressed with this collection of first person narratives about transitioning from one gender to the other. The editor has chosen extracts from autobiographies of various (mostly famous) transexuals from the 1800's until the present. Christine Jorgensen, Renee Richards, Loren Cameron, Jan Morris and many others are all here. Harry Benjamin, the "grandfather" of sexual reassignment surgery is included, and so is a chapter from Krafft-Ebing's 1886 text "Psychopathia Sexualis". So it's very diverse -- covering very different kinds of transitions by very different people under very different situations. But the common thread is that they have all thought deeply about their journeys and are able to communicate their reflections in a very articulate way about them.
All in all, a very good collection for anyone interested in the subject.
Jonathan Ames is masterful in his description of people born in the wrong bodies. As we become more knowledgeable about gender identity we hope that life will become more fulfilling and less difficult for everyone whose identities differ from our own.
This is a wonderful overview of some published articles, books, etc on transgend men and women. There are several chapters from books which are long out of print or not obtainable, so those are quite valuable. The selections from some of the currently-available books are also well done. I learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about transgender men and women. Helpful and well done.
This book is truly monumental in the field of transgender, and should be a must read for everyone considering surgery. The stories here are in some cases a dose of harsh reality. We all consider transitioning as the ultimate step, but seldom do we stop to think about the real cost of our freedom. It should be required reading for every person with gender disporia!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 16, 2011
This is an excellent anthology, truly well done, carefully-compiled and deeply informative--voices of transformation gathered together at last. One of the things that I appreciate most of all is the range of transgendered experiences.