Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities

Overview

Writing as an insider and an anthropologist, Jason Cromwell presents the first in-depth examination of what it means to be a female-bodied transperson. Through extensive participant observation and open-ended interviews, Transmen and FTMs allows female-to-male transsexuals to speak for themselves and reveal aspects of female gender diversity that do not fit into the ready-made categories of male and female.

In clarifying how transmen and FTMs define and validate their lives, as ...

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Overview

Writing as an insider and an anthropologist, Jason Cromwell presents the first in-depth examination of what it means to be a female-bodied transperson. Through extensive participant observation and open-ended interviews, Transmen and FTMs allows female-to-male transsexuals to speak for themselves and reveal aspects of female gender diversity that do not fit into the ready-made categories of male and female.

In clarifying how transmen and FTMs define and validate their lives, as opposed to how society attempts to pigeonhole and belittle them, Cromwell shows how female-to-male transpeople have been made virtually invisible by male-dominated discourses. He considers cross-cultural data on female gender diversity, historical evidence of female-bodied people who have lived as men, and contemporary transmen and FTMs. He also addresses how FTMs and transmen are working to challenge the mental illness model of transness as well as other misconceptions.

Transmen and FTMs seeks to reframe the dialogue about gender identity and move away from regarding fixed gender categories as normative. By redefining gender diversity from a manifestation of pathology to a human condition, Transmen and FTMs promotes a fuller understanding of these individuals as persons in their own right.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252068256
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 817,326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue 1
Excerpts from a Journey 3
1 Making the Visible Invisible 7
2 Transsexual Discourses and Languages of Identification 19
3 Bodies, Sexes, Genders, and Sexualities 31
4 Visible Yet Invisible: Female Gender Diversity, Historically and Cross-Culturally 44
5 Transvestite Opportunists, Passing Women, and Female-Bodied Men 62
6 He Becomes She: Making Contemporary Female Gender Diversity Invisible 83
7 "They Are a Part of My History": Transperspectives on Cross-Cultural and Historical Data 92
8 Fearful Others: Transsexual Discourses and the Construction of Female-Bodied Transpeople 101
9 Queering the Binaries: Transsituated Identities, Bodies, and Sexualities 122
10 Making the Invisible Visible 137
Further Excerpts from a Journey 145
Epilogue 147
App Doing Fieldwork with a Nonsituated Population 151
Notes 159
Bibliography 173
Index 193
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