Meticulously researched, True Sex highlights a woefully understudied portion of American history. Language is clear, concise, and accessible. Within this framework, great meaning is imparted. By humanizing the narratives of trans men during this time, True Sex manages to make a case for the seemingly implausible. Despite countless historical instances of institutional homophobia and the denial of human rights to the LGBTQ community, the text also chronicles the outright acceptance of trans men, both during their lifetimes and through their legacies.
The pair sought out rural communities, finally settling in Ettrick, Virginia, where George was never seen as anything other than a hardworking husband. That sentiment was echoed by national publications, shedding new light on the conceptualization of queer history.
Time and again, Davis shows the importance of understanding transgender rights as a matter of all rights. Davis uses four provocative contemporary case studies on gender-segregated aspects of society—identity documents, public bathrooms, single-gender universities, and sports—to show that such segregation is unnecessary and often harmfully reinforces a rigid separation along binary lines.
While the tone of Beyond Trans is academic, the topic is very personal to Davis, a biracial trans man who struggled with appearing neither precisely male nor female at times during his transition. The moments where his personal story comes up offer an organic and refreshingly intersectional perspective on sex identity.
The book assumes some prior knowledge of gender and sex identity topics, and the occasionally dense language could be a deterrent for those less well versed. This book takes a perhaps seemingly singular topic and makes it approachable through passionate and relevant analysis of modern issues. Davis time and again shows the importance of understanding transgender rights as a matter of all rights, and does so in a challenging, memorable, and accessible way.
This story of a trans boy falling in love with a girl in high school is delightful and heartwarming in all the right places.
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Peyton faces and overcomes fear and derision from his peers, his community, and himself. He grows up, and grows into himself, even as he falls deeper in love with Tara Parks. Wood perfectly captures the intensity and immediacy of adolescent ups and downs. Peyton is portrayed with just the right combination of insecurity and interpersonal cluelessness to galvanize the plot and his frequently unsuccessful attempts to get on the same page with Tara. Typical to the usual romance plot line, misunderstandings cloud their decisions, and other recognizable relationship foibles take place.
Many trans narratives are brutal, gritty, and devastating—this story is remarkable in that it offers a happy ending through all the pain. However, the overall tone of the book and the message of the story is that life is not all bad. This book may mark the beginning of a new era of LGBT lit—where the story of a trans boy in the south can be a run-of-the mill romance, and the reader can expect to giggle, gasp, and eagerly turn the pages for the next kissing scene.
Warm and interactive, this wholly unique workbook fills a gap in the support structure for teens and young adults exploring their gender identity. The Gender Quest Workbook —by real-world counselors and gender experts Rylan Jay Testa, Deb Coolhart, and Jayme Peta—provides a safe space and an insightful process into exploring gender identity.
The workbook itself is for teens and young adults who are questioning their gender identity, for those who are more certain and are looking for help in navigating social situations, or for friends and family members who are looking for ways to understand and be supportive. Between useful definitions of scientific and social terminology, anecdotes, and thought experiments is space for the quester to fill in answers to questions, make observations, underline important quotations, and draw pictures. After prompts that take the quester through outside-world observations about what gender looks like, the prompts get more personal.
Activities gently help the quester build a description of their feelings.
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In addition to working on the vital intrapersonal aspect of the gender quest, this workbook also covers more public things. There are prompts and activities on navigating the choices of names and pronouns, sex and dating, and how to find and evaluate prospective confidants and support providers. Testa, Coolhart, and Peta break down the exciting but sometimes overwhelming task of exploring gender identity and expression into fun, manageable pieces.
This wholly unique workbook fills a gap in the support structure available to teens and young adults facing these questions, and it is a valuable resource to anyone looking to be there for them along the way. Hannah Hohman July 26, The campus is perched on a cliff above the Pacific; she never tires of watching the gradations of blue and green and slate and—in the evenings—the colorless scintillations of sunset. Some weekends she drives south on Pacific Coast Highway till it curls into the Santa Monica tunnel; other weekends, north to Westward and Zuma beaches, sometimes all the way to County Line.
Catalina Island visible on clear days, beyond that the ocean stretching to—where? She pictures her little car on the map, hugging the edge of the continent, water and cliff and sky all angles, vast and intimidating. She is insignificant in the universe, God a sublime, untouchable peak. On the stereo is a song by her new favorite band, the Indigo Girls: Georgia nights softer than a whisper, peach trees stitched across the land, farmland like a tapestry.
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She has never been to the South but the song paints it for her, softness and green curves. An intimate landscape. Perhaps, too, this is what Shelley means by the difference between the beautiful and the sublime. She lives in the sublime, longs for the beautiful. She is twenty-four, a doctoral student at Princeton, working on Wordsworth. Her favorite poet. Where does it go, all that magic from childhood?
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The fallings from us, the vanishings? How apt the turn in the Ode: thanks be for those shadowy recollections, fountain light of all our day, with the power to make our noisy years seem moments in the being of the eternal Silence. This world was meant for me.
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The Indigo Girls, she thinks, would totally get Wordsworth. She is twenty-eight, with three children, ages three and two and six months. She is tired, indolent, has trouble getting out of bed.
Acedia: one of the seven deadly sins, the mood in which the good wishes to play upon us but we have no string to respond. He writes of the balance between contemplation and action, Mary and Martha, and she is all Mary and no Martha, trapped in her own head, self-absorbed.