Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

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by Nicholas M Teich
     
 

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Written by a social worker, popular educator, and transgender man, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and unique experiences of discrimination. The first guide to treat transgenderism as a distinct topic of study, this text moves beyond mere anecdote and recommendations for clinical

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Written by a social worker, popular educator, and transgender man, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and unique experiences of discrimination. The first guide to treat transgenderism as a distinct topic of study, this text moves beyond mere anecdote and recommendations for clinical practice to legitimatize transgenderism in society and culture.

Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its affect on family and friends; the relationship between sexual orientation and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism; the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder; and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of "normal" society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. The book features men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications. Written for friends, family members, students, and professionals, this resource works as a stand alone text for social work and gender studies courses as well as a supportive text for sociologists, psychologists, and clinical practitioners. A special focus on issues affecting transgender youth, along with a glossary of key terms and helpful resources, makes this an ideal guide for younger audiences as well as those invested in their care.

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Editorial Reviews

Betty Morningstar
Transgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction informs without being self-absorbed or polemical.

Kevin J. Mahoney
In an eminently readable fashion, Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender, and sexual identification to the experiences of 'coming out' and 'transitioning." He then situates the 'trans' person in an historical context—examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way society has viewed and (mis)treated the change from imputed to 'authentic' sex. I am glad I read this book.

Youth Today
...highly recommended reading as a user-friendly introduction.

Bibrary Book Lust
...a fascinating read... effectively raising questions and prompting discussions about assumptions we've always taken for granted...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231504270
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
122,949
File size:
805 KB

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Kevin J. Mahoney

I read Transgender 101 in a single sitting on a flight across the country. In an eminently readable fashion, Nick Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender and sexual identification to the experiences of "coming out" and "transitioning". He then situates the "trans" person in an historical context -- examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way the change from imputed sex to "authentic" sex has been viewed and (mis)treated by society. I am glad I read this book.

Kevin J. Mahoney, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Participant-Directed Services, Boston College

Betty Morningstar

Transgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and the medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction to the subject informs without being self-absorbed or polemical.

Betty Morningstar, MSW, Ph.D, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers

Bonnie R. Strickland
Like any emerging concept, the terms transgender and transgenderism have sometimes led to confusion and are subject to a myriad of interpretations. Nicholas M. Teich has written an insightful book that brings clarity and understanding to this subject. The information he transmits will be helpful to those experienced with the transgender population as well as those new to the concept.

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Meet the Author

Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu’tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.

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Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Andy2 More than 1 year ago
This book was very helpful to my friends and family in helping to understand about transgender people. It is very well-written in a style that is easy to read, fun, and helpful.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The book is good, however, I'd like to say asexual doesn't always mean no romantic attraction, however it does mean less or no sexual attraction. Thanks!
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Great resource for anyone!