FTM : Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society

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In this ground-breaking study, Aaron Devor provides a compassionate, intimate, and incisive look at the life experiences of forty-five trans men. Emerging into 21st-century political and social conversations, questions persist. Who are they? How do they come to know themselves as men? What do they do about it? How do their families respond? Who are their lovers? What does it mean for everyone else? To answer these and other questions, Devor spent years compiling in-depth interviews and researching the lives of transsexual and transgender people. Here, he traces the everyday and significant events that coalesce into trans identities, culminating in gender and sex transformations. Using trans men's own words as illustrations, Devor looks at how childhood, adolescence, and adult experiences with family members, peers, and lovers work to shape and clarify their images of themselves as men. With a new introduction, Devor positions the volume in twenty-first century debates of identity politics and community-building and provides a window into his own self-exploration as a result of his research.show more

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  • Paperback | 740 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 37.59mm | 1,002g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 8 b&w illus.
  • 025302286X
  • 9780253022868

About Aaron Devor

Aaron Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world's largest Transgender Archives, the world's first Research Chair in Transgender Studies, a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.show more

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"In this newedition ofFTM, Devor, who so brilliantly previously captured the remarkable stories of transsexual men, continues to illuminate the need for insight into the transsexual man's life experience.Years ago, as a transsexual man searching for a reflection of my experienceandguidance on myimpending journey, Ifound what I was seekingin the pages ofthis book. In this day of increasing trans visibility there still remains a lack of trans male images, historiesandexperiencesleading to a continued lack of visibility and opportunities formentorship,which Dr. Jamison Green so eloquentlystatesin hispointed new foreword. Perhaps the timehas comefor a more equitable representation of transsexual men in the movement for trans justice." -Zander Keig, LCSW, featured in thedocumentaryZanderology; and co-editor ofLetters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in RetrospectandManning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves "I often say that I decided to pursue a gender transition despite what I read in the books that were available to me-a handful of harsh, challenge-filled biographies about trailblazing transgender pioneers. With the notable exception, that is, of 'the trans man's bible'-Devor's big red hardcover that still sits, 20 years later, prominently on my bookshelf. FTM was hot off the presses right when I needed it most. Devor-gently, insightfully, starkly, and respectfully-put forth a beautifully written illustration of how life could be for me, made evident by those who bravely chose to share their lives for this book. I like to think this book provided me with the how-to for grabbing my amazing transgender life by the balls!" -Aidan Key, Speaker, author, and founder of the National Gender Odyssey Conferenceshow more

Table of contents

Foreword, 2016 / by Jamison GreenForeword, 1997 / by Jamison GreenAcknowledgementsNew IntroductionOriginal IntroductionPart I: First Questions1. Have Female-to-Male Transsexuals Always Existed?2. Theories about TranssexualismPart II: Childhood Years3. Finding Out about Gender: Theories of Childhood Gender Acquisition4. Family Scenes5. Who Would Want to Be a Girl?: The Women (and Girls) in Participants' Families6. Men Rule: The Men (and Boys) in Participants' Families7. Lessons Learned at Home: Summary of Family Relationships8. Childhood Friends and Foes: Relationships with Non-Family MembersPart III: Adolescence9. Adolescence Is about Change10. Crises at Puberty11. Adolescent Friendships12. Women Are Different: Relationships with Female Relatives13. Access Denied, Restrictions Apply: Relationship with Male Relatives14. Looking for Love, Groping for Identity: Adolescent Sexuality15. Concluding AdolescencePart IV: Pre-Transition Years16. Finding IdentitiesPart V: Changing Over17. A Long Road18. Making the Decision19. Making the Changes20. Coming Out Stories21. Are We There Yet?Part VI: Life after Transition22. Nature Calls: Toilet Traumas and Medical Necessities23. The Naked Truth about Sexuality24. Visions of Genders25. Lessons from the JourneyPart: VII: Concluding26. Conclusions and QuestionsAppendixNotesBibliographySubject IndexParticipant Indexshow more

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