Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male

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Max Wolf Valerio crafts a gripping and poetic account of life before, during, and after injecting testosterone. His observations about a lesbian transitioning to a heterosexual male highlights the physical and emotional differences between women and men, and challenges and confirms readers' assumptions about gender.

Valerio presents his story in three parts: the height of his transition, in which he witnesses his increased energy and sex drive...
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Overview

Max Wolf Valerio crafts a gripping and poetic account of life before, during, and after injecting testosterone. His observations about a lesbian transitioning to a heterosexual male highlights the physical and emotional differences between women and men, and challenges and confirms readers' assumptions about gender.

Valerio presents his story in three parts: the height of his transition, in which he witnesses his increased energy and sex drive while struggling with gaining confidence in his male self and bearing witness to his own demise as a woman; life before testosterone, when as Anita, a self-identified lesbian out for fourteen years, she confronts startling moments of awareness of a deeper, earlier dream of who she really is; and life after testosterone, when the experience of living as a man is at once a homecoming and a confirmation that male behavior is at least partly biologically rooted.

The Testosterone Files addresses transitioning issues, from buying men's underwear to choosing a male name, as well as more profound subjects like male privilege, physical power, and existing as a male who was once distrustful and critical of men's intentions. Valerio's honesty regarding gender, identity, and self-perception comprise the core of this personal and absorbing narrative.
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The best thing about this aggressive, emotional memoir by a former lesbian, female-to-male transgender is that its author never elicits easy sentiment or empathy from the reader. This is, by intent and in delivery, a tough book. Born in 1957 in Germany, a part-Native American Army brat, Anita Valerio grew up to be a lesbian-feminist who, after seeing the boxing film Raging Bull at age 23, began to understand that she was really a man. Eleven years later, Valerio is injecting testosterone and well on his journey to manhood. Valerio writes directly and forcefully about his "primal" new male sexual desires, which feel like "an outburst of instinct," as opposed to life on estrogen, which felt like being submerged "in a sweet, dense fog." Valerio's maleness is often expressed in blunt, even offensive language, as at the end of the book, when he realizes, with irony but not sadness, that he has made a further advance into maleness when it becomes more difficult to communicate with women. Valerio's broad, dichotomized stands on politics and gender often feel like just another tough pose. Worse, they flatten out the memoir's emotional landscape. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051736
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 501,707
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    This is an absolute MUST read for trans man. I'm really annoyed

    This is an absolute MUST read for trans man. I'm really annoyed that the Editor's review misidentifies Max as (transgender) he doesn't self identify as such and I don't ever remember him calling himself that once in the book. Max is also the author of a brilliant essay explaining why he's NOT transgender - so for the editor to change his self identification just irks me to no end.

    Back to the book - it's a masterpiece and Max does such a wonderful job of explaining so much of the 'inner feelings and thoughts that so many trans men experience'.

    BT

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