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Gender outlaw : on men, women, and the rest of us /

by Bornstein, Kate; Bornstein, Kate.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.Description: 253 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0679757015 :; 9780679757016.Title notes: $16.00 prolam 8-2013 (db)Subject(s): Bornstein, Kate, 1948- -- Psychology | Transsexuals -- Identity | Gender identity | Sex change | Sex (Psychology) | Lesbians | Gender Identity -- Personal Narratives | Transsexualism -- Personal Narratives | Sex Reversal, Gonadal -- Personal Narratives | Homosexuality, Female -- Personal Narratives | Geschlechterrolle | Sexuelle Identität | Geschlechtsumwandlung | Erlebnisbericht | Geschlechterrolle | Transsexualismus | Bornstein, Kate, 1948- -- Psychology | Bornstein, Kate Psychology | Gender identity | Lesbians | Sex (Psychology) | Sex change | Transsexuals IdentityOnline resources: Publisher description | Klappentext | Table of contents | Inhaltsverzeichnis | Klappentext | Inhaltsverzeichnis
Contents:
First things first. Transgender style : some fashion tips -- Sorting seeds. The hard part -- Interlude : nuts and bolts -- Naming all the parts -- Interlude : the lesbian thing -- Abandon your tedious search! The rulebook has been found! -- Claiming power. Which outlaws? or, Who was that masked man? -- Gender terror, gender rage -- Send in the clowns -- First you die, and then you get their attention -- A gender interrogatory. The first question, or, They have those funny, staring eyes -- The other questions -- Creating a third space. Transsexual lesbian playwright tells all! -- Queer life/queer theater -- Hidden : a gender, a play in two acts -- The punchline. The seven year itch (what goes around, comes around).
Summary: Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. 26 black-and-white illustrations.
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"I know I'm not a man . . . and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman, either. . . . . The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other." With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. On one level, Gender Outlaw details Bornstein's transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.<br> <br> Gender Outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work--one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

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Originally published: New York : Routledge, 1994.

Includes the text of the play, Hidden: a gender.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-253).

First things first. Transgender style : some fashion tips -- Sorting seeds. The hard part -- Interlude : nuts and bolts -- Naming all the parts -- Interlude : the lesbian thing -- Abandon your tedious search! The rulebook has been found! -- Claiming power. Which outlaws? or, Who was that masked man? -- Gender terror, gender rage -- Send in the clowns -- First you die, and then you get their attention -- A gender interrogatory. The first question, or, They have those funny, staring eyes -- The other questions -- Creating a third space. Transsexual lesbian playwright tells all! -- Queer life/queer theater -- Hidden : a gender, a play in two acts -- The punchline. The seven year itch (what goes around, comes around).

Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. 26 black-and-white illustrations.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">first things first   (Note: for electronic purposes, the paragraph formatting in this excerpt has been simplified. The paperback and ebook editions contain the fully formatted text.)  I keep trying to integrate my life. I keep trying to make all the pieces into one piece. As a result, my identity becomes my body which becomes my fashion which becomes my writing style. Then I perform what I've written in an effort to integrate my life, and that becomes my identity, after a fashion.   1 Transgender Style Some Fashion Tips   People are starting to ask me about fashion. I love that! Maybe they think the doctor sewed in some fashion sense during my genital conversion surgery.   I see fashion as a proclamation or manifestation of identity--so as long as identities are important, fashion will continue to be important. The link between fashion and identity begins to get real interesting, however, in the case of people who don't fall clearly into a culturally-recognized identity--people like me. My identity as a transsexual lesbian whose female lesbian lover transitioned to gay male is manifest in my fashion statement--both my identity and fashion are based on collage. You know--a little bit from here, a little bit from there? Sort of a cut-and-paste thing.   And that's the style of this book. It's a trans style, I suppose. I can see it in the work of Susan Stryker, Sandy Stone, David Harrison . . . the list is getting longer and longer.   But the need for a recognizable identity, and the need to belong to a group of people with a similar identity--these are driving forces in our culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in the areas of gender and sexuality. Hence the clear division between fashion statements of male and female, between the fashions of queer and straight.   In my case, however, it's not so clear. I identify as neither male nor female, and now that my lover went through his gender change, it turns out I'm neither hetero nor homo. What I've found as a result of this borderline life is that the more fluid my identity has become--and the less demanding my own need to belong to the camps of male, female, gay or straight--the more playful and less regimented my fashion has become--as well as my style of self-expression. Will the identification with a trans writing style produce an identification with a trans experience?   Anyone who knows fashion will tell you that the operative word is accessorize! That's how I dress in the morning. That's how I shift from one phase of my life to the next--first I try on the accessories. And that's also part of the style of this book: I've added some accessories here and there to spice it up a bit.   Welcome to my runway! Excerpted from Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Bornstein considers herself a gender outlaw because she breaks the laws of nature. A former heterosexual male and now a lesbian woman, Bay Area Reporter writer, and actor who has appeared on talk shows, she has completed the transsexual process, including surgery. As she considers her workplace the theater, about a third of this autobiographical work is devoted to queer theater, including her play, Hidden: A Gender. The black-and-white photos were not seen but are apparently a significant part of this informative and humorous book. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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