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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    A True Disappointment

    I was truly disappointed with the lack of content. It's almost like the author found a subject and stopped researching the rest of the topic. Unlike the the book, scant details are included. The various other gradations of what has become known as Transgenders or TG's is completely omitted. Many CD's move on to other items too. Most TG's start as CD's and move forward deeper into the whole TG genre. Amy Bloom's stopping soley at lifestyles Crossdressers (CD) and delving in clinic like exploration of Transvestites (TV) and Transexuals (TS) as if they were the same is clearly ignorant and proves limited to little research was done on the topic. The different types of Transvestites('TVs') is explored and their psyche. The different types of Transexuals, both pre and post-operative. Yes some NEVER get Gender Reassignment Surgery. Then all the sexual preferences of those is overlooked. Like a post operative lesbian- Hey GO Figure!! Author Bloom completely overlooks most of the area of 'Transexuals' she expounds in her book's title and wonders off into some little corner of the whole TG world. Amy Bloom's book should have the title changed to accurately reflectthe limited rear she writes about. She does write well on those areas she chooses to write. Nonetheless, I feel I was 'taken' by a title that did NOT represent Bloom's writing. I am truly disappointed! :((

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Keen Insight, Humorous, Delightful Style

    After a popular novel and two stunning collections of short stories, psychotherapist and fiction writer Amy Bloom turns an eye toward gender, and her new non-fiction book is a knockout. Made up of three individual essays and an Afterword called ¿On Nature,¿ Bloom examines issues of gender that are outside what most of society calls ¿normal.¿ In ¿The Body Lies: Female-to-Male Transsexuals,¿ we are introduced to a number of people born genetically male who are living as women (with or without sex reassignment surgery); in the section on ¿Heterosexual Crossdressers,¿ we learn about manly men who, at times, enjoy dressing in feminine garb; the last segment, ¿Hermaphrodites with Attitude,¿ is about people born with ambiguous ¿genital anomalies.¿ The author interviewed numerous transsexuals, crossdressers, and intersexed people as well as doctors, educators, sex researchers, and others to give readers an engrossing glimpse at the confusion, prejudice, and misunderstanding that occurs when people are not so easily boxed into categories of ¿male¿ or ¿female.¿ With a deft touch and a wry sense of humor, Bloom makes a cogent argument for acceptance and understanding. In a segment that will no doubt be much quoted, she writes, ¿(O)ur mistake is in thinking that the wide range of humanity represents aberration when in fact it represents just what it is: range. Nature is not two little notes on a child¿s flute; Nature is more like Aretha Franklin: vast, magnificent, capricious¿occasionally hilarious¿and infinitely varied¿ (p. 149). Anyone interested in a combination of delightful writing style and keen insight about issues of gender will find this book fascinating. I highly recommend it.

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