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Alice in Genderland: A Crossdresser Comes of Age Paperback – 1 Apr 2005
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About the Author
Richard Novic, M.D. is a psychiatrist practicing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. In addition to his mainstream clientele, his patients include many transgendered, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. He is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and a former columnist for GIRL TALK magazine and URNotAlone.com.
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It's not an altogether bad book, it's generally well written and interesting in parts, but is it truly helpful to others on the gender helter-skelter ? I feel it is not. What we have here is one persons story, told with understandable bias, by that person. It fails to answer my questions about me, it fails to answer my questions about others and it fails to enlighten the reader on anything much apart from the private life of the author.
It seems to me the whole book could be summed up in a few words.
"Use protection during sex, be honest with yourself and your spouse, don't expect the entire world to understand and then accept your personal gender choice".
Is about it...
Additionally - it is useful in clarifying terminology and also in looking into the trans world. It is USA based but I think that much of it translates very well to the UK.
If you or your partner are starting off in to the transgender arena - this book provides useful material and insight.
Alice's book is a triumph of progressiveness, a book which chimes with so many contemporary themes. It is a deeply humane and human-centred text which should leave the reader both better informed and open to new possibilities, either in their own lives or others' - especially those they love.
This book provided courage at a time when it was much needed. Such is its power. I cannot thank Alice enough for delivering such an enabling, hopeful and honest book.
Light the blue touch paper and stand clear you’re in for a dazzler.
I’ve struggled with my gender identity probably since puberty. I got this book along with a few others on the topic in 2014. I gradually made my way through the other books over a period of time but this one is in a class of its own. Dr Richard Novic M.D. explains in a clear and understandable way his/her journey being a person who cross dresses. It is an eye opener and there are parts that will rivet and amaze you. I am sure now in my own experience that we on this journey are multi-various, no two people will be the same there will be similarities of course but each of us in my opinion is unique.
My own journey is very different from Alice’s and I’m sure most people in our sometimes difficult circumstances will think the same after reading it. Not that many people will be as privileged as Richard/Alice. Put that aside though and look at the core subject that of our gender identity and how that affects our lives. In that context he/she is in the same boat.
So I recommend that if you’re in the boat that reflects the above and you need some compass bearings then get the book. I will read it over and over again I’m sure. This is a very brave and open hearted expression of one person’s dilemma and attempts to overcome it. At times it is like walking in a beautiful garden in the spring sunshine. The bright light shining through with the truth of the matter. Anyone with an open and enquiring mind (not just in the transgender world) will find this a useful resource on life’s journey. I find it a gold mine. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read.
This book shocked me when I first read it, in particular the part where the author engaged in having sexual relationships with men. The rest of the book dealt adroitly with the author's balancing act between male and female roles and the formation of the inevitable compromise with others in one's life.
Having now been dressing for over a year and now having sorted the sexual side and having experienced the very real love between two men I can honestly say that this book is without doubt the finest treatise for any aspiring dresser who cannot deny their femme side.
I can honestly say that I still have no desire to be a full time woman and I enjoy the transition to being a T Girl and going out with my ever expanding circle of the very finest friends I have ever had and this book has been mirrored in every respect by my own path to acceptance by me of this side of me. I am content.
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