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Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

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Gender Outlaw is the work of a woman who has been through some changes--a former heterosexual male, a one-time Scientologist and IBM salesperson, now a lesbian woman writer and actress who makes regular rounds on the TV (so to speak) talk shows. In her book, Bornstein covers the "mechanics" of her surgery, everything you've always wanted to know about gender (but were too confused to ask) addresses the place and politics of the transgendered and intterogates the questions of those who give the subject little thought, creating questions of her own.

Kate Bornstein has been through some changes--a former heterosexual male, one-time Scientologist and IBM salesperson, now a lesbian woman writer and actress. In this work, she covers everything readers want to know about gender (but are too confused to ask) and takes a witty, incisive look at the radical new politics of sexuality and gender. Also includes Bornstein's play, Hidden: A Gender.

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Bornstein considers herself a gender outlaw because she breaks the laws of nature. A former heterosexual male and now a lesbian woman, Bay Area Reporter writer, and actor who has appeared on talk shows, she has completed the transsexual process, including surgery. As she considers her workplace the theater, about a third of this autobiographical work is devoted to queer theater, including her play, Hidden: A Gender. The black-and-white photos were not seen but are apparently a significant part of this informative and humorous book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415908979
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/12/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist, actress and writer. She has appeared on Donahue, CNBC'S Real Personal, and other television talk shows. Her performances have drawn artistic praise from San Francisco to New York. Her most recent performance piece is The Opposite Gender is. . .Neither!.

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Table of Contents

1 Transgender Style: Some Fashion Tips 3
2 The Hard Part 7
3 Interlude: Nuts And Bolts 15
4 Naming All The Parts 21
5 Interlude: The Lesbian Thing 41
6 Abandon Your Tedious Search! The Rulebook Has Been Found! 45
7 Which Outlaws? or, Who Was That Masked Man? 55
8 Gender Terror, Gender Rage 71
9 Send In The Clowns 87
10 First You Die, And Then You Get Their Attention 93
11 The First Question, or, They Have Those Funny, Staring Eyes 101
12 The Other Questions 113
13 Transsexual Lesbian Playwright Tells All! 143
14 Queer Life/Queer Theater 147
15 Hidden: A Gender 169
16 The Seven Year Itch (what goes around, comes around) 227
Acknowledgments 239
Bibliography 243
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