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Overview

Perhaps more than any other issue, gender identity has galvanized the queer community in recent years. The questions go beyond the nature of male/female to a yet-to-be-traversed region that lies somewhere between and beyond biologically determined gender. In this groundbreaking anthology, three experts in gender studies and politics navigate around rigid, societally imposed concepts of two genders to discover and illuminate the limitless possibilities of identity. Thirty first-person accounts of gender construction, exploration, and questioning provide a groundwork for cultural discussion, political action, and even greater possibilities of autonomous gender choices. Noted scholar Joan Nestle is joined by internationally prominent gender warrior Riki Anne Wilchins and historian Clare Howell to provide a societal, cultural, and political exploration of gender identity.

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Joan Nestle is the cofounder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York and the writer and editor of six books including the groundbreaking Women on Women series. Riki Anne Wilchins is the executive director of GenderPAC, the national gender advocacy group, and the cofounder of the Gender Identity Project of New York City's Lesbian and Gay Center. She is the author of Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender. Clare Howell is a senior librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

2002 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Transgender.

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Gay and Lesbian Studies Whether it's a 14-year-old waiting for her first Transexual Menace T-shirt in the mail, a lesbian in a butch-femme relationship reflecting on the subversive power of being an "invisible" femme, or a female-to-male transsexual singing the praises of his Colt .45, the contributors to GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary report on life in the gray area between genders and suggest that those genders aren't as self-evident as they appear. Edited by writer Joan Nestle (A Restricted Country); Riki Wilchins (Read My Lips), director of the gender advocacy group GenderPAC; and Brooklyn Public Library librarian Clare Howell, the anthology includes 30 first-person testimonies from writers and activists like Sylvia Rivera, Cheryl Chase and Ethan Zimmerman. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555837303
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Genders on My Mind 3
A Continuous Nonverbal Communication 11
Stories 18
It's Your Gender, Stupid 23
Queerer Bodies 33
Changing the Subject 47
Deconstructing Trans 55
Queens in Exile, The Forgotten Ones 67
Vision 86
Freaks 90
Scars 94
Scars 96
A Conversation With J. T. LeRoy 98
Dutch 104
Vignettes 108
Loving Outside Simple Lines 113
World's Youngest 120
Packing a Rod 125
Not as if You Felt That Way ... 127
A Life 130
Liminal 143
Do Your Ears? 147
Do It on the Dotted Line 156
Fading to Pink 161
Passing Realities 166
Who Knows What Evil Lurks? 171
My Woman Poppa 175
A Femme's Diary 179
I Walked Into the Oaks Club 182
Transie 190
Story of a Preadolescent Drag King 194
Two Women 202
Affronting Reason 204
A Safe Trip Home 220
Would I Dare? - There - Penis Envy 223
Wanting Men 228
Twenty Passings 238
Courage From Necessity 247
Whose Body Is This Anyway? 250
Performing Translesbian 253
Disorderly Fashion 260
This Butch Body 263
Be a Man 267
The A Train 273
Rules 275
Transy House 279
The Gender Cops Work Overtime 284
Epilogue: Gender Rights Are Human Rights 289
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