The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You

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Lambda Literary Award finalist

Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humor and grace, these essays deal with issues from women's spaces to the old boys' network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one. Throughout, S. Bear Bergman shows us...

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Overview

Lambda Literary Award finalist

Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humor and grace, these essays deal with issues from women's spaces to the old boys' network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one. Throughout, S. Bear Bergman shows us there are things you learn when you're visibly different from those around you—whether it's being transgressively gendered or readably queer. As a transmasculine person, Bergman keeps readers breathless and rapt in the freakshow tent long after the midway has gone dark, when the good hooch gets passed around and the best stories get told. Ze offers unique perspectives on issues that challenge, complicate, and confound the "official stories" about how gender and sexuality work.

S. Bear Bergman's first book was Butch is a Noun (Suspect Thoughts Press). Ze is an activist, gender-jammer, and author of two books and three award-winning solo stage shows. Bergman recently relocated to Burlington, Ontario, from New England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551522647
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 981,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Bear Bergman is an activist, gender-jammer, performer, author of Butch Is A Noun (Suspect Thoughts), and creator of three solo theater shows (all of which won awards from the National LGBT Theatre Festival). Formerly of Massachusetts, ze recently relocated to Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Hir website is sbearbergman.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You 11

While You Were Away 18

Wrap/t 23

Today, I am a Man (And Other Perorations of the Tranny Jewboy) 29

Roadside Assistance 39

It Only Takes a Minute, I 43

Dutiful Grandchild 45

When Will You Be Having the Surgery? 51

What's in a Name? 55

New Year 64

The Velveteen Tranny 68

It Only Takes a Minute, II 88

The Field Guide to Transmasculine Creatures 90

I'm Just Saying 97

Passing the Word 105

Not Getting Killed, with Kindness 113

Getting Myself Home 121

The Rule of Two 128

Like Love 134

It Only Takes a Minute, III 141

Seahorse Papa 143

Writing the Landscape 149

Just a Phase 155

Bowing to the Beams 160

Gay Men, Queer Men, and Me 164

It's Always Easier If You Can Be Something They Recognize 171

Shame 180

It Only Takes a Minute, IV 189

Sing If You're Glad to Be Trans 191

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