• Science

The Man Who Would Be Queen

The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism
Author: J. Michael Bailey
Publisher: Joseph Henry Press
ISBN: 0309505542
Category: Science
Page: 219
View: 1222
Gay. Straight. Or lying. It’s as simple and straightforward as black or white, right? Or is there a gray area, where the definitions of sex and gender become blurred or entirely refocused with the deft and practiced use of a surgeon’s knife? For some, the concept of gender – the very idea we have of ourselves as either male or female beings – is neither simple nor straightforward. Written by cutting-edge researcher and sex expert J. Michael Bailey, The Man Who Would Be Queen is a frankly controversial, intensely poignant, and boldly forthright book about sex and gender. Based on his original research, Bailey’s book is grounded firmly in science. But as he demonstrates, science doesn’t always deliver predictable or even comfortable answers. Indeed, much of what he has to say will be sure to generate as many questions as it does answers. Are gay men genuinely more feminine than other men? And do they really prefer to be hairdressers rather than lumberjacks? Are all male transsexuals women trapped in men’s bodies – or are some of them men who are just plain turned on by the idea of becoming a woman? And how much of a role do biology and genetics play in sexual orientation? But while Bailey’s science is provocative, it is the portraits of the boys and men who struggle with these questions – and often with anger, fear, and hurt feelings – that will move you. You will meet Danny, an eight-year old boy whose favorite game is playing house and who yearns to dress up as a princess for Halloween. And Martin, an expert makeup artist who was plagued by inner turmoil as a youth but is now openly homosexual and has had many men as sex partners. And Kim, a strikingly sexy transsexual who still has a penis and works as a dancer and a call girl for men who like she-males while she awaits sex reassignment surgery. These and other stories make it clear that there are men – and men who become women – who want only to understand themselves and the society that makes them feel like outsiders. That there are parents, friends, and families that seek answers to confusing and complicated questions. And that there are researchers who hope one day to grasp the very nature of human sexuality. As the striking cover image – a distinctly muscular and obviously male pair of legs posed in a pair of low-heeled pumps – makes clear, the concept of gender, the very idea we have of ourselves as either male or female beings, is neither simple nor straightforward for some.

    • Fiction

American Transgirl


Author: Faith Dabrooke
Publisher: Independently Published
ISBN: 9781973358534
Category: Fiction
Page: 390
View: 6936
Matt has spent his whole life wishing he could be a girl. As a high school student in suburban Georgia during the Nineties, he is able to take his first steps towards figuring out who he really is when he starts at a new school and meets Michelle. With his new friend by his side, Matt begins exploring local gay bars and discovering more about his own transgender feelings. Life gets even more confusing when he moves to New York and falls for Erin, a struggling artist and lesbian. Matt must decide if an ordinary life as a normal guy could work, or if his whole life has been leading toward transition. American Transgirl is a funny, heartfelt story that explores the confusion, dysphoria, longing, and curiosity felt by transgender people as they struggle to figure out who they are, where they fit in the world, and who will accept them as they are. Transition is, ultimately, only one part of a larger life filled with the search for acceptance, fulfillment, love, and a place to call home. Author Faith DaBrooke is a transgender woman whose podcast, The Gender Rebels, is heard by thousands each week.

    • Political Science

Just One of the Guys?

Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality
Author: Kristen Schilt
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226738078
Category: Political Science
Page: 216
View: 7613
The fact that men and women continue to receive unequal treatment at work is a point of contention among politicians, the media, and scholars. Common explanations for this disparity range from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. Just One of the Guys? sheds new light on this phenomenon by analyzing the unique experiences of transgender men—people designated female at birth whose gender identity is male—on the job. Kristen Schilt draws on in-depth interviews and observational data to show that while individual transmen have varied experiences, overall their stories are a testament to systemic gender inequality. The reactions of coworkers and employers to transmen, Schilt demonstrates, reveal the ways assumptions about innate differences between men and women serve as justification for discrimination. She finds that some transmen gain acceptance—and even privileges—by becoming “just one of the guys,” that some are coerced into working as women or marginalized for being openly transgender, and that other forms of appearance-based discrimination also influence their opportunities. Showcasing the voices of a frequently overlooked group, Just One of the Guys? lays bare the social processes that foster forms of inequality that affect us all.

    • Literary Criticism

The New Woman

Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory
Author: Emma Heaney
Publisher: Flashpoints
ISBN: 9780810135536
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 368
View: 3561
Emma Heaney's The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory traces the evolution of the "trans feminine" as an allegorical figure from its origins in the late nineteenth century to contemporary Queer Theory.

    • Psychology

Men Trapped in Men's Bodies

Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism
Author: Anne A. Lawrence
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461451825
Category: Psychology
Page: 242
View: 5058
There are few topics in sex research as compelling and confounding to researchers, clinicians, and the general public as that of transsexualism. Upending normative notions of gender, eroticism, and identity, it poses significant scientific and clinical challenges. The book addresses a fascinating and largely unexplored topic within the study of transsexualism: The feelings and desires of conventionally masculine men who are attracted to women yet want to become women themselves. Through a collection and discussion of vivid first-person narratives, the book provides an in-depth examination of these men's unusual propensity to be sexually aroused by the thought of themselves as women and how these men's sexual feelings influence their decisions to seek or undergo sex reassignment. These narratives about autogynephilia by autogynephilic male-to-female (MtF) transsexuals provide the first comprehensive documentation of the erotic ideation that underlies the most common form of MtF transsexualism. The narratives provide empirical evidence for Blanchard's theory of MtF transsexual motivation, and thus are of interest to researchers and theorists studying the phenomenology of MtF transsexualism. The narratives are likely to be eye-opening to psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and other professionals who work with MtF transsexuals: Most clinicians probably do not fully appreciate the erotic underpinnings of their clients' condition. A better understanding of their clients' autogynephilic feelings and motivations would enable these professionals to provide more empathetic and effective clinical care.

    • Social Science

Transgender Identities

Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity
Author: Sally Hines,Tam Sanger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135148090
Category: Social Science
Page: 298
View: 6141
In recent years transgender has emerged as a subject of increasing social and cultural interest. This volume offers vivid accounts of the diversity of living transgender in today's world. The first section, "Emerging Identities," maps the ways in which social, cultural, legal and medical developments shape new identities on both an individual and collective level. Rather than simply reflecting social change, these shifts work to actively construct contemporary identities. The second section, "Trans Governance," examines how law and social policy have responded to contemporary gender shifts. The third section, "Transforming Identity," explores gender and sexual identity practices within cultural and subcultural spaces. The final section, "Transforming Theory?", offers a theoretical reflection on the increasing visibility of trans people in today’s society and traces the challenges and the contributions transgender theory has brought to gender theory, queer theory and sociological approaches to identity and citizenship. Featuring contributions from throughout the world, this volume represents the cutting-edge scholarship in transgender studies and will be of interest to scholars and students interested in gender, sexuality, and sociology.

    • Social Science

Transgender On Screen


Author: J. Phillips
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230596339
Category: Social Science
Page: 196
View: 2014
This is an exploration of the cultural representations of transvestism and transsexuality in modern screen media against a historical background. Focussing on a dozen mainstream films and on shemale Internet pornography, this fascinating study demonstrates the interdependency of our perceptions of transgender and its culturally constructed images.

Ladyboy Erotic Vacations Series Anthology


Author: E. H. Watson
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500636838
Category:
Page: 90
View: 7864
Ground-breaking Initiative Announcement: For every copy of this book sold, the author EH Watson is donating a total of $2.10 split between 7 different charities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender advancement. That's 30 cents to each of these 7 important and well known LGBT charities for every copy sold. This is all made possible by readers such as yourself purchasing this book and making a difference. Who says that personal enjoyment of erotica can't be beneficial to the wider world? Reality-based erotica, retelling actual events. An anthology of four highly popular and bestselling erotica books by EH Watson, the Stephen King of transsexual erotica. These are very graphic and erotic tales of unbridled lust and the crossing of new frontiers as the author EH Watson regales you with true vivid recollections of his x-rated hedonistic and often depraved sexual experiences with transsexuals around the world. Nothing is left out, no matter how shocking. If EH Watson did it then you'll read about it within this scandalous book. Customer Reviews: "Wow loved this book! This is a transgender story at its finest." "I bought this book out of curiosity and wow, I got more than I bargained for! " "I've read this twice now and I swear it just gets better with every read. " "If you love hardcore ladyboy sex I suggest you read all 4 books in this series by E. H. Watson. " This story truly got to me. I needed a cold shower after finishing it."

    • Social Science

A Nation on the Line

Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines
Author: Jan M. Padios
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822371987
Category: Social Science
Page: 248
View: 6015
In 2011 the Philippines surpassed India to become what the New York Times referred to as "the world's capital of call centers." By the end of 2015 the Philippine call center industry employed over one million people and generated twenty-two billion dollars in revenue. In A Nation on the Line Jan M. Padios examines this massive industry in the context of globalization, race, gender, transnationalism, and postcolonialism, outlining how it has become a significant site of efforts to redefine Filipino identity and culture, the Philippine nation-state, and the value of Filipino labor. She also chronicles the many contradictory effects of call center work on Filipino identity, family, consumer culture, and sexual politics. As Padios demonstrates, the critical question of call centers does not merely expose the logic of transnational capitalism and the legacies of colonialism; it also problematizes the process of nation-building and peoplehood in the early twenty-first century.

    • Social Science

Profit and Pleasure

Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism
Author: Rosemary Hennessy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351981188
Category: Social Science
Page: 266
View: 3722
Profit and Pleasure, Second Edition is a classic intervention into the relationship between capitalism and sexual identity. Rosemary Hennessy boldly reorients queer theory toward an up-close analysis of the structures of consumption, labor, and commodification, revealing how sexual identity—in the varied ways it has been culturally differentiated and lived—has been fundamentally affected by these principles of capitalism. In this second edition, a new introduction by the author reasserts a Marxist feminist standpoint as the most theoretically developed feminist analysis of capitalism’s cultural logics. She presents a range of key concepts—among them totality, overdetermination, social reproduction—outlining their evolution and continued relevance to analysis of sexuality since the book’s first publication in 2000. The introduction addresses important developments in materialist approaches to sexuality during the past two decades and concludes by returning to the notion of "love" as defined in the original edition, making a call for the common potential of human collaboration and action to ignite a radical sexual politics. This seminal text will appeal to students and scholars of feminist studies, gay and lesbian studies, and cultural and literary studies.

    • Social Science

The Transgender Guide

Understanding Transsexualism
Author: Mistress Dede
Publisher: Mistress Dede
ISBN: 150608768X
Category: Social Science
Page: 28
View: 9773
Transgender is not the same as being transsexual. A transsexual was born one gender and transitions to the other. A transgendered person can be a man who is married to a woman. This man may dress in women's clothing, expressing himself as a woman at times. Gender has its roots in the mind, if you will. The Transgendered person doesn't relate only to the sex they were born into. They may not feel comfortable in identifying with a sexual identity at all. They can see themselves not as a man or woman, just as a human. Transgendered people have their identity in many facets. A transgendered woman may dress like a man. She may feel a stronger foundation within a suit and tie. She can be gay, straight or bi-sexual. The confinement of a term at all may seem limiting to a transgendered person. Can we just be who we are, not what our sex makes us?

    • Psychology

Transvestites and Transsexuals

Toward a Theory of Cross-Gender Behavior
Author: Richard F. Docter
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461309972
Category: Psychology
Page: 266
View: 1600
The objective of this book is to propose a theory of transvestism and secondary transsexualism, and to provide information concerning these behaviors. My view of these topics is much like that of Benjamin (1966) and nearly all other gender researchers. It holds that a syndrome of similar behaviors can be identified, ranging from fetishism through transvestism, transgenderism, and secondary transsexualism. But de scription is one thing and explanation of causes is another. I agree with other gender researchers (e. g. , Green & Money, 1969; Stoller, 1985c) who have concluded that the causes of transvestism and transsexualism re main largely unknown. But the fact that we cannot fully explain the origins of transvestism or secondary transsexualism does not mean that a comprehensive theory is impossible. Indeed, excellent theoretical statements have been proposed concerning each of these topics (Ban croft, 1972; Buckner, 1970; Buhrich & McConaghy, 1977a; Money & Ehrhardt, 1972; Ovesey & Person, 1973, 1976; Person & Ovesey, 1974a,b; Stoller, 1968a, 1974, 1985c). It is with considerable respect, therefore, that we acknowledge both the strong shoulders on which we stand, and also the more practical fact that we have drawn heavily upon the many contributions of these researchers. The approach I have adopted has the same scientific difficulties that confronted all of these previous workers.

    • Social Science

International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities


Author: Michael Flood,Judith Kegan Gardiner,Bob Pease,Keith Pringle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134317069
Category: Social Science
Page: 744
View: 8636
The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities offers a comprehensive guide to the current state of scholarship about men, masculinities, and gender around the world. The Encyclopedia's coverage is comprehensive across three dimensions: areas of personal and social life, academic disciplines, and cultural and historical contexts and formations. The Encyclopedia: examines every area of men's personal and social lives as shaped by gender covers masculinity politics, the men's groups and movements that have tried to change men's roles presents entries on working with particular groups of boys or men, from male patients to men in prison incorporates cross-disciplinary perspectives on and examinations of men, gender and gender relations gives comprehensive coverage of diverse cultural and historical formations of masculinity and the bodies of scholarship that have documented them. The Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities is composed of over 350 free-standing entries written from their individual perspectives by eminent scholars in their fields. Entries are organized alphabetically for general ease of access but also listed thematically at the front of the encyclopedia, for the convenience of readers with specific areas of interest.

    • Fiction

Shemale Nights


Author: P. M. Pine
Publisher: P. M. Pine
ISBN: 8826482284
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 2154
Mark’s a 28 year-old loner from London who’s quit the family business, given up his flat and is estranged from his parents. All he lives for are his sexual fantasies which he’s about to turn into reality. Mark escapes to South East Asia where he encounters the ladyboys of his dreams. However, he soon realises that some fantasies are best left unfulfilled, and that sometimes you can never truly escape from your past.

    • History

TransAntiquity

Cross-Dressing and Transgender Dynamics in the Ancient World
Author: Domitilla Campanile,Filippo Carlà-Uhink,Margherita Facella
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317377389
Category: History
Page: 262
View: 8319
TransAntiquity explores transgender practices, in particular cross-dressing, and their literary and figurative representations in antiquity. It offers a ground-breaking study of cross-dressing, both the social practice and its conceptualization, and its interaction with normative prescriptions on gender and sexuality in the ancient Mediterranean world. Special attention is paid to the reactions of the societies of the time, the impact transgender practices had on individuals’ symbolic and social capital, as well as the reactions of institutionalized power and the juridical systems. The variety of subjects and approaches demonstrates just how complex and widespread "transgender dynamics" were in antiquity.

    • Social Science

Traversing Gender

Understanding Transgender Realities
Author: Lee Harrington
Publisher: Mystic Productions Press
ISBN: 1942733836
Category: Social Science
Page: 236
View: 1098
In the current age of gender identity and transgender awareness, many questions are coming to light for everyone. Whether brought about by media and cultural attention or personal journeys, individuals who have never heard of transgender, transsexual, or gender variant people can feel lost or confused. Information can be hard to find, and is often fragmented or biased. Meanwhile, trans people are getting a chance to dialogue with each other and finally be heard by the world at large. In Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities, author Lee Harrington helps make the intimate discussions of gender available for everyone to understand. Topics include: What the words "trans" "transgender" mean, differences (and crossovers) between sex, gender, and orientation, the wide array and types of trans experiences , social networking and emotional support systems for trans people, navigating medical care, from the common cold to gender-specific procedures, what "transitioning" looks like, from a variety of different approaches, how legal systems interplay with gender and trans issues, extra challenges based on gender, race, class, age and disability, skills and information on being a successful trans ally. Bringing these personal matters into the light of day, this reader-friendly resource is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members, as well as members of the transgender community itself.

    • Medical

An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology

What is it like to Suffer from Mental Disorders?
Author: Giovanni Stanghellini,Massimiliano Aragona
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 331929945X
Category: Medical
Page: 378
View: 4632
This book introduces the reader to a clear and consistent method for in-depth exploration of subjective psychopathological experiences with the aim of helping to restore the ability within psychiatry and clinical psychology to draw qualitative distinctions between mental symptoms that are only apparently similar, thereby promoting a more precise characterization of experiential phenotypes. A wide range of mental disorders are considered in the book, each portrayed by a distinguished clinician. Each chapter begins with the description of a paradigmatic case study in order to introduce the reader directly to the patient’s lived world. The first-person perspective of the patient is the principal focus of attention. The essential, defining features of each psychopathological phenomenon and the meaning that the patient attaches to it are carefully analyzed in order to “make sense” of the patient’s apparently nonsensical experiences. In the second part of each chapter, the case study is discussed within the context of relevant literature and a detailed picture of the state of the art concerning the psychopathological understanding of the phenomenon at issue is provided. An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology, and the method it proposes, may be considered the result of convergence of classic phenomenological psychopathological concepts and updated clinical insights into patients’ lived experiences. It endorses three key principles: subjective phenomena are the quintessential feature of mental disorders; their qualitative study is mandatory; phenomenology has developed a rigorous method to grasp “what it is like” to be a person experiencing psychopathological phenomena. While the book is highly relevant for expert clinical phenomenologists, it is written in a way that will be readily understandable for trainees and young clinicians.

    • Art

Sexy Bodies

The Strange Carnalities of Feminism
Author: Elizabeth Grosz,Elspeth Probyn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134859708
Category: Art
Page: 320
View: 6071
Are bodies sexy? How? In what sorts of ways? Sexy Bodies investigates the production of sexual bodies and sexual practices, of sexualities which are dyke, bi, transracial, and even hetero. It celebrates lesbian and queer sexualities but also explores what runs underneath and within all sexualities, discovering what is fundamentally weird and strange about all bodies, all carnalities. Looking at a pleasurable variety of cultural forms and texts, the contributors consider the particular charms of girls and horses, from National Velvet to Marnie; discuss figures of the lesbian body from vampires to tribades to tomboys; uncover 'virtual' lesbians in the fiction of Jeanette Winterson; track desire in the music of legendary Blues singers; and investigate the ever-scrutinised and celebrated body of Elizabeth Taylor. The collection includes two important pieces of fiction by Mary Fallon and Nicole Brossard. Sexy Bodies makes new connections between and amongst bodies, cruising the borders of the obscene, the pleasurable, the desirable and the hitherto unspoken rethinking sexuality anew as deeply and strangely sexy.

    • Family & Relationships

The Transgender Child

A Handbook for Families and Professionals
Author: Stephanie Brill,Rachel Pepper
Publisher: Cleis Press
ISBN: 1573443182
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 200
View: 1432
What do you do when your son insists on wearing a dress to school? Or when your toddler daughter's first sentence is that she's a boy? Offering an extensive understanding of gender-variant and transgender youth, The Transgender Child answers these questions and more. Covering developmental, legal, medical, and school issues, The Transgender Child is a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind guidebook for the unique challenges that thousands of families face raising children who step outside of the pink or blue box.