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 Topic: History of Transgender People

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gennee  



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Posted: 31 Aug 2008, 12:18 pm    Post subject: History of Transgender People Reply with quote

I am currently reading 'Trangender History' by Susan Stryker. It's an interesting book and I will critique it when I finish.

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Biscuit  



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Posted: 6 Apr 2010, 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: History of Transgender People Reply with quote

gennee wrote:
I am currently reading 'Trangender History' by Susan Stryker. It's an interesting book and I will critique it when I finish.

Gennee


Excellent - the only book I've read that's touched on trans history was Pat Califia's Sex Changes; it offers an interesting history of recent trans culture, looking at a couple of famous trans autobiographies and going into native American notions of alternatives to the dual-gender system. I'd be interested to know how far back Stryker's book goes, and whether it covers any different ground.
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Physical Location: new york

Posted: 9 Apr 2010, 5:43 pm    Post subject: Very Informative Book Reply with quote

I never read Califa's book but I will. Transgender History is a very informative book. It discusses how and why laws against crossdressing were enacted. I was particularly interested in the early history of the transgender movement. Transgender folks were rising up years before the Stonewall Rebellion. A number of the flegdling organizations were headed by predominantly white, middle class gay males. Transgender people were pushed to the margins.

During the 1980s, transgender people suffered from a lack of resources. Many of the transgender people were people of color. I'm part Native-American (Choctaw) and I'm researching some material about my roots.

Overall, I would recommend Transgender History to be a part of anyone's library.

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