Download and read online A Herstory of Transmasculine Identities in PDF and EPUB Unravelling the complex intersections of FTM gender transitions, lesbianism and feminism... Identities. Gender concerns. Misogyny. Objectification. Politics. Patriarchy. Discrimination. Rejection. Losses. Gains. Emotions. "ABOUT THIS BOOK" Part One explores the deeper meanings, definitions and embodiments of gender, sexuality, and identity, including the social and personal politics of each. Part Two contains the stories and experiences of individuals who welcome this opportunity to share their lives in order to facilitate understanding, acceptance and education. This book shares stories of those individuals who came from the lesbian community and how they arrived at the place they are now in their identities. There are also stories from those who were not a part of the lesbian community but adhered to a strong feminist perspective, having to overcome reservations of moving from a gender associated with oppression to one associated with privilege. These stories encompass a variety of experiences with exploring gender, sexuality, and identity. This book is not intended to portray the experience of all female-to-male individuals, nor is it in any way saying that transmasculine people are lesbian, but rather it is to fill a void in literature for a particular group of men in the trans community. "WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING" .... a provocative and important exploration of trans men's experiences and identities... - Masen Davis, co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality .... a valuable work to the literature of genderqueer and transgender theory.... an unexamined need for many female-to-male trans individuals to continue to honor a past connection to the lesbian community.... controversial and complex, stretching the relatively new field of trans-scholarship in important ways. - Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism .... part anthology, part memoir, part Trans 101, part academic exploration of masculine identities attached to bodies assigned female at birth.... a trans masculine feminist perspective to reflecti?ve questions about gender and sexuality and accepts what others might find incongruent, including that trans men have herstories to embrace.?- Jacob Anderson-Minshall, co-author Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders .... offers an important glimpse into the lives of trans masculine people as they explore their identity in a manner that brings to the fore the stark reality of what is means to live in one's truth. - lore m. dickey, PhD., Assistant Professor and Training Director, Northern Arizona University "ABOUT THE AUTHOR" Michael Eric Brown is the Founder and Executive Director of TransMentors International, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting transgender men, women and youth in their day-to-day lives. He is known for his contributions both on and offline, especially in the realm of social justice and gender concerns. A student who is interested in how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others, Michael is working his way towards a PhD in Social Psychology in order to both educate society and provide research on the lives of transgender individuals. As a professional freelance writer, he writes on a variety of subjects and engages his readers with his unique writing style.
Download and read online Nina Here Nor There in PDF and EPUB Honor Book for the 2012 Stonewall Book Awards in non-fiction The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery. Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is. She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop traveling—searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn’t know. When she lands in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery. Discussion Guide for Book Clubs, Classrooms, and Group Discussions What did you know about transgender people before reading this book? How has your perspective changed? Did reading this book make you think about your own body, gender, and identity? In what ways? How do you feel about the way Nina treats her parents? How about the way they treat her? How would you react if your child was transgender? What role does Ramona play in Nina’s journey? How do you envision gender—a binary, spectrum, galaxy…? What are some of the benefits to our culture of gender? Some of the downfalls? How does the binary (man/woman) system help you? Hurt you? How do you relate to Nina’s experience? In what ways is her story universal? Specific? In what parts of your life do you feel you are “privileged”? Have your privileges changed over time? Has this impacted your worldview? How is this book similar to other memoirs about gender? How is it unique? How does the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder and its classification as a mental illness affect trans people? What do you see as the main challenges for trans people in our society? Are these covered in the book, or are these from other sources and experiences? What did you learn through The Boys? How are their gender expressions and decisions similar? Different? Where do lesbian and transmasculine (trans people on the male side of the spectrum like The Boys) communities overlap? Where is there friction? What defines “women’s spaces” and in what cases, instances, or places should transmasculine people be included? Excluded? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Download and read online Out of the Closet Into the Archives in PDF and EPUB The first book to focus on the experience of LGBT archival research. Out of the Closet, Into the Archives takes readers inside the experience of how it feels to do queer archival research and queer research in the archive. The archive, much like the closet, exposes various levels of public and privateness—recognition, awareness, refusal, impulse, disclosure, framing, silence, cultural intelligibility—each mediated and determined through subjective insider/outsider ways of knowing. The contributors draw on their experiences conducting research in disciplines such as sociology, African American studies, English, communications, performance studies, anthropology, and women’s and gender studies. These essays challenge scholars to engage with their affective experience of being in the archive, illuminating how the space of the archive requires a different kind of deeply personal, embodied research.
Download and read online Bright Lines in PDF and EPUB Named a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award “A Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bangladesh Royal Tenenbaums.”—The Denver Post A vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder, and afflicted with hallucinations at dusk, she’s always felt more at ease in nature than with people. She traveled from Bangladesh to Brooklyn to live with the Saleems: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their beautiful daughter, Charu, her complete opposite. One summer, when Ella returns home from college, she discovers Charu’s friend Maya—an Islamic cleric’s runaway daughter—asleep in her bedroom. As the girls have a summer of clandestine adventure and sexual awakenings, Anwar—owner of a popular botanical apothecary—has his own secrets, threatening his thirty-year marriage. But when tragedy strikes, the Saleems find themselves blamed. To keep his family from unraveling, Anwar takes them on a fated trip to Bangladesh, to reckon with the past, their extended family, and each other. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Download and read online The GENDER Book in PDF and EPUB A fun, colorful, community-based resource that illustrates the beautiful diversity of gender - a gender 101 for everyone!
Download and read online Missed Her Large Print 16pt in PDF and EPUB Ivan E. Coyote is a master storyteller and performer; her beautiful, funny stories about growing up queer in the Canadian north and living out loud on Canada's west coast have attracted big audiences whether gay, straight, or otherwise. Missed Her is Ivan's fifth story collection, following 2008's Lambda Literary Award-nominated The Slow Fix, 2004's Ferro-Grumley Award-nominated Loose End, and 2006's Bow Grip, her novel that was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association (now in development as a feature film).In her passionate and humourous new collection, Ivan takes readers on an intimate journey, both literal and figurative, through the experiences of her life: from her year spent in eastern Canada, to her return to the west coast, to travels in between. Whether discussing the politics of being a butch with a pet lapdog, or befriending an effeminate young man at a gay camp, or revisiting a forty-year old heartbreak around her grandmothers kitchen, Ivan traverses love, gender and identity with a wistful, perceptive eye, and a warmth that's as embracing and powerful as Ivan herself.
Download and read online Becoming Nicole in PDF and EPUB 'Becoming Nicole is a powerful and illuminating book about one couple's journey in coming to accept and nurture their transgender daughter. It's a page turner and a heart opener. I couldn't recommend it more highly.' Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn't long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were 'supposed' to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dressing up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. Becoming Nicole is the heart-wrenching story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and not disapproval; of a conservative, army-veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to embrace his new daughter; of a loving brother who never gave up supporting his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its own prejudices. More than that, however, Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.
Download and read online Luna in PDF and EPUB Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.
Download and read online Captive Genders in PDF and EPUB "Captive Genders is an exciting assemblage of writings—analyses, manifestos, stories, interviews—that traverse the complicated entanglements of surveillance, policing, imprisonment, and the production of gender normativity. Focusing discerningly on the encounter of transpersons with the apparatuses that constitute the prison industrial complex, the contributors to this volume create new frameworks and new vocabularies that surely will have a transformative impact on the theories and practices of twenty-first century abolition." —Angela Y. Davis, professor emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz "The contributors to Captive Genders brilliantly shatter the assumption that the antidote to danger is human sacrifice. In other words, for these thinkers: where life is precious life is precious." —Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California "Captive Genders is at once a scathing and necessary analysis of the prison industrial complex and a history of queer resistance to state tyranny. By analyzing the root causes of anti-queer and anti-trans violence, this book exposes the brutality of state control over queer/trans bodies inside and outside prison walls, and proposes an analytical framework for undoing not just the prison system, but its mechanisms of surveillance, dehumanization and containment. —Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Captive Genders was the first book of its kind. It remains the touchstone for studies of trans and gender-queer people in prison. It has been revamped to appeal to recent broadened interest. With a new Foreword by CeCe McDonald and essay by Chelsea Manning.
Download and read online Sex changes in PDF and EPUB Ground-breaking work on gender transgression by one of the most provocative lesbian authors in the U.S. -- Transgenderism is a hot subject, with books by Kate Bornstein, Leslie Feinberg, and others garnering national attention This work springs from my own profound discomfort with gender. As a small child, I put Ken in Barbie's formal, tied him up, and stuck him back in the box. He had been kidnapped, I decided. Barbie got to wear Ken's suit and had a series of mad adventures trying to rescue Ken with her sidekick, a troll doll with bright green hair". So begins Pat Califia's honest, meticulously researched analysis of the contemporary history of transsexuality. Based on in-depth interviews with gender transgressors who "opened their lives, minds, hearts, and bedroom to the gaze of strangers", this book combines a well-thought-out chronology with Pat Califia's hallmark candor and insight. "My lesbianism is largely a product of my profound emotional and erotic involvement with other women. But it was also a strategy for reducing gender dysphoria, part of a search for a place where I could be more of a man, or at least a different sort of woman". Writing about both male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals, Califia examines the lives of early transgender pioneers like Christine Jorgenson, Jan Morris, and Mark Rees; partners of transgendered people such as Minnie Bruce Pratt; and contemporary transgender activists, including Leslie Feinberg and Kate Bornstein. Califia scrutinizes feminist resistance to transsexuals occupying women's space and the Christian Right's backlash against transsexuals. Finally, the book explores the future of gender. Califia's first book oforiginal material in four years, Sex Changes includes an extensive bibliography and resource list.
Download and read online Whipping Girl in PDF and EPUB Reveals the ways that fear, contempt, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.
Download and read online Becoming Cliterate in PDF and EPUB We’ve been thinking about sex all wrong. Mainstream media, movies, and porn have taught us that sex = penis + vagina, and everything else is just secondary. Standard penetration is how men most reliably achieve orgasm. The problem is, women don’t orgasm this way. We’ve separated our most reliable route to orgasm—clitoral stimulation—from how we feel we should orgasm—penetration. As a result, we’ve created a pleasure gap between women and men: 50% of 18-35-year-old women say they have trouble reaching orgasm with a partner 64% of women vs 91% of men said they had an orgasm at their last sexual encounter 55% of men vs. 4% of women say they usually reach orgasm during first-time hookup sex In Becoming Cliterate, psychology professor and human sexuality expert Dr. Laurie Mintz exposes the broader cultural problem that’s perpetuating this gap, and what we can do about it. Pulling together evidence from biology, sociology, linguistics, and sex therapy into one comprehensive, accessible, and prescriptive book, Becoming Cliterate features: Cultural & historical analysis of female orgasm (spoiler: the problem’s been going on for ages) An anatomy section (it’s all custom under the hood) Proven techniques for cliterate sex (it starts with training the sex organ between your ears) A comprehensive final chapter for men (because you don’t have to have a clitoris to be cliterate) By dispelling the lies, misunderstandings, and myths that have been holding us back, Becoming Cliterate tackles both personal and political problems and replaces them with updated outlooks and practical skills needed to change our collective perspective on sex. It’s time to finally inform women and men on how to have satisfying experiences in bed that benefit both parties. The revolution is cuming—and Becoming Cliterate offers a radical, simple solution to progress and pleasure for all.
Download and read online Neither Man Nor Beast in PDF and EPUB In 1990, The Sexual Politics of Meat was published. In just a few years, the book became an underground classic. Neither Man Nor Beast takes Adams' thought one step further. It represents her collected reflections on animal rights, vegetarianism, and ecofeminism from the often-difficult-to-locate sources in which many originally appeared, and includes two important and completely new chapters. More than a book of theory, Neither Man Nor Beast is an enlightened call to action. Topics covered include: animal experimentation and patriarchal culture; abortion rights and animal rights; responding to racism in a human-centered world; ecofeminism and the eating of animals; the need to integrate feminism, animal defense, and environmentalism; the interconnected abuse of women, children, and animals; institutional violence; feminist ethics, and vegetarianism; a beastly theology: the place of animals in God's universe>
Download and read online Sympathetic Little Monster in PDF and EPUB Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Through a combination of lyric, narrative, & fractured essay, SYMPATHETIC LITTLE MONSTER attempts to make a space & a shape for the little girl who haunts our cultural/ personal narratives about blackness & transmasculinity. As a trans coming-of-age text the work is intensely inward- focused, but it resists the imperative of linear autobiography. Instead, it uses the personal as a tool to explore what kind of thing a "self" is, its relation to trauma & objectification, & its capacity to be multiple.