Ftm: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society

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Holly Devor spent many years compiling indepth interviews and researching the lives of transsexual and transgendered people, many of whom became her friends. She traces the everyday and significant events that coalesce in transsexual identity, culminating in gender and sex transformation. After an introduction which grounds the discussion in historical and theoretical contexts, the author takes a life course approach to understanding female-to-male transsexualism. Using her subjects' own words as illustrations, ...
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Holly Devor spent many years compiling indepth interviews and researching the lives of transsexual and transgendered people, many of whom became her friends. She traces the everyday and significant events that coalesce in transsexual identity, culminating in gender and sex transformation. After an introduction which grounds the discussion in historical and theoretical contexts, the author takes a life course approach to understanding female-to-male transsexualism. Using her subjects' own words as illustrations, Devor looks at how childhood, adolescent, and adult experiences with family members, peers, and lovers work to shape and clarify female-to-male transsexuals' images of themselves as people who should be men.
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Reports and analyzes results of interviews with 45 self-identified female-to-male transsexuals. Devor (sociology, U. of Victoria) focuses on the processes by means of which people come to identify themselves as members of a seemingly incongruous social group and them remake their lives so that they function as apparently native- born members of the group. She concludes that most issues confronted by transsexuals are neither theoretically nor practically distinct from those faced by other members of society. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780253336316
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Have Female-to-Male Transsexuals Always Existed? 3
2 Theories about Transsexualism 37
3 Finding Out about Gender: Theories of Childhood Gender Acquisition 71
4 Family Scenes 89
5 Who Would Want to Be a Girl?: The Women (and Girls) in Participants' Families 93
6 Men Rule: The Men (and Boys) in Participants' Families 124
7 Lessons Learned at Home: Summary of Family Relationships 158
8 Childhood Friends and Foes: Relationships with Non-Family Members 161
9 Adolescence Is about Change 179
10 Crises at Puberty 190
11 Adolescent Friendships 203
12 Women Are Different: Relationships with Female Relatives 215
13 Access Denied, Restrictions Apply: Relationships with Male Relatives 238
14 Looking for Love, Groping for Identity: Adolescent Sexuality 260
15 Concluding Adolescence 303
16 Finding Identities 311
17 A Long Road 349
18 Making the Decision 353
19 Making the Changes 383
20 Coming Out Stories 421
21 Are We There Yet? 447
22 Nature's Calls: Toilet Traumas and Medical Necessities 467
23 The Naked Truth about Sexuality 475
24 Visions of Genders 513
25 Lessons from the Journey 554
26 Conclusions and Questions 585
Appendix 611
Notes 627
Bibliography 669
Subject Index 685
Participant Index 693
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