Becoming a Visible Man / Edition 1
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Becoming a Visible Man / Edition 1

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by Jamison Green
     
 

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ISBN-10: 082651457X

ISBN-13: 9780826514578

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press


Best Book in Transgender Studies, 2005
Winner, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS), NY
2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Written by a leading activist in the transgender movement, Becoming a Visible Man is an artful and compelling inquiry into the politics of gender. Jamison Green combines candid autobiography with informed analysis

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Best Book in Transgender Studies, 2005
Winner, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS), NY
2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Written by a leading activist in the transgender movement, Becoming a Visible Man is an artful and compelling inquiry into the politics of gender. Jamison Green combines candid autobiography with informed analysis to offer unique insight into the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience, ranging from encounters with prejudice and strained relationships with family to the development of an FTM community and the realities of surgical sex reassignment.

For more than a decade, Green has provided educational programs on gender-variance issues for corporations, law-enforcement agencies, social-science conferences and classes, continuing legal education, religious education, and medical venues. His comprehensive knowledge of the processes and problems encountered by transgendered and transsexual people—as well as his legal advocacy work to help ensure that gender-variant people have access to the same rights and opportunities as others—enable him to explain the issues as no transsexual author has previously done.

Brimming with frank and often poignant recollections of Green's own experiences—including his childhood struggles with identity and his years as a lesbian parent prior to his sex-reassignment surgery—the book examines transsexualism as a human condition, and sex reassignment as one of the choices that some people feel compelled to make in order to manage their gender variance. Relating the FTM psyche and experience to the social and political forces at work in American society, Becoming a Visible Man also speaks consciously of universal principles that concern us all, particularly the need to live one's life honestly, openly, and passionately.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826514578
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
334,996
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1How Do You Know?1
Coming Out10
Terminology12
Early Dialogues15
Interconnections20
2Initiation27
Coming of Age28
The World of Men32
Letting Go of Shame41
Taking Responsible Action45
3A Vision of Community53
Lou Sullivan and the FTM Group54
Unconventional Conventions73
Intolerance77
Stepping Up to the Plate84
4Body of Knowledge89
Access to Treatment91
Hormone Therapy94
Approaching Surgery102
"Top" Surgery103
"Bottom" Surgery106
Decisions, Decisions114
Genital Geometry120
5Transparent Feelings123
Denial124
Fear126
Parents and Trans Children128
Transpeople as Parents133
6Consummate Presence147
Desire versus Identity153
The "Threat" of Sexual Uncertainty160
Sex and Validation162
Knowing What's Desired166
7Visibility171
Visibility on Screen172
Visibility in Print177
The Visibility Dilemma180
Academic Debates184
Appearances187
Influencing the Course of Treatment194
8Willful Destiny199
Physical Proof202
Self-Determination207
Validity211
Bibliography217
Index223

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Becoming a Visible Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was educated, inspired and deeply moved by this book, which is not only a remarkable chronicle of Jamison Green's life, but a compelling argument for individual human rights. The specific information about the process of transition from a female to a male body is fascinating, and bound to be helpful to anyone considering FTM surgery. But from my perspective as a 55-year-old married woman, the book speaks to a much wider audience. Too many people in today's world let fear make our decisions for us, and many opportunities for authenticity are missed as a result. This book is a clarion call for anyone who dreams of naming and claiming her true self. I recommend it without reservation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will highly recommend this book to my female to male transgendered psychotherapy clients and to those interested in learning about this phenomenon. It is an excellent blend of autobiographical, social and political topics. Mr. Green does a great job of taking the reader through his personal struggles with gender, sexual and social identification in an empowering and positive manner, an approach which I have found lacking in many other autobiographies of transgendered individuals. He triumphs over his difficulties of loss of contact with one of his children, shunning by his mother and rapid changes in his body as he attempts to match the outside with the inside of his identity, but allows the reader to know that these victories were not easy. He also provides the female socialized person in a newly male body with an impressive role model for how to learn about male socialization, which I also have not encountered in most works on this subject. Mr. Green does not profess to be an academician, but he obviously has done background reading on this subject, spanning at least 25 years and attempts to use his life stories to support and negate a great deal of medical and mental health literature on the subject of transgenderism and transsexualism. As an individual who started out believing that the journey from female to male bodied would be solely his personal journey, he reminds us of how one person, who becomes inspired to help others, can make such a large difference, clearly beyond what he would have ever anticipated. Max E. Fuhrmann, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist