Transgender Warriors Paperback – 30 Jun 1997
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Men and women have had their histories. This is the history book for the rest of us.--Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw"[Transgender Warriors] leaves us with a sense that a transgendered concept of what it is to be fully human and psychologically whole is both valid and nothing new. A brief review cannot do justice to this amazing resource, not only for our communities, but for the world."--Patricia Roth Schwartz, Lambda Book Report "[Transgender Warriors] does far more than document the history of transgenders. It delves into the transgender experience, inviting the reader to consider a spectrum of gender possibilities." --Linda Gebroe, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review "No book since Toni Morrison's Beloved gives so much and holds itself so well. History becomes art, the political becomes transformative, the personal becomes universal." --Craig Hickman, Gay Community News "The challenge Feinberg sets forth-a complex, multisided one-is to take up the banner of feminism and extend it, stretch it, until it has room for all women."--Rosemarie C. Sultan, Sojourner "A ground-breaking gift to both the transgender community and the world at large."--Rachel Reed, Synapse "A well-written, well-researched compendium of transgender history."--Harriet L. Schwartz, Philadelphia Gay News "Nobody will remain unaffected by this book." --Heather Findlay, Girlfriends
About the Author
Leslie Feinberg has been a grassroots activist, journalist, and lecturer on behalf of the lesbian/gay/bi and transgender movements. S/he is the author of the acclaimed novel Stone Butch Blues.
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You might think that being transsexual, I'd be pretty open-minded, but I must confess that this book really got me thinking about my own chosen gender and what exactly I want do with my transsexuality. Do I want to blend in with all the genetic XY guys after all, leaving no trace of my 'abnormal' gender? Do I really care if people know I don't have a penis? Must I be 100% male 100% of the time? And what is 'male' anyway?
Leslie presents a very personal history of transgenderism. Hir short autobiography echoes that of the many people who don't fit into the male OR female ONLY roles society has pushed us into over the centuries. Being transgendered, I could really emphasise with hir life story, and that of all the other trans* people who have a part in this book.
I'd recommend this book not only to other trans* people, but anyone who is interested in something else other than the traditional gender roles we are given. This is such a different prism to look at history and gender through. I want to major in History now. ::grin::
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Accessible to non-historians and an entertaining read. It's not written like a 'history book' but it provides a heck of a lot of information and has a wonderfully useful glossary/ directory in the back.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know a little more about LGBT history (understandably this focuses on trans history specifically and how it meshes with LGBT) and anyone who is part of the family.
My only complaint was the exceptionally small print accompanying the photos;
perhaps I need new glasses?
I think parents, relatives, friends of Trans people might see it as a real wake-up call. People who are prejudiced against them are unlikely to read it.
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