Man-Made Woman

Man-Made Woman : The Dialectics of Cross-Dressing

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On July 27th, 2015, Colin Cremin overcame a lifetime of fear and repression and came to work dressed as a woman called Ciara. This book charts her personal journey as a male-to-female cross-dresser in the ever-changing world of gender politics.

Interweaving the personal and the political, through discussions of fetishism, aesthetics and popular culture, Man-Made Woman explores gender, identity and pleasure through the lenses of feminism, Marxism and psychoanalytic theory. Cremin's anti-moralistic approach dismantles the abjection associated with male-to-female cross dressing, examining the causes of its repression, and considers what it means to publicly materialise desire on her body. Emancipatory and empowering: Cremin interrogates her, his and our relationship to the gender binary.

Man-Made Woman is an experiment in thought and practice through which both author and reader are drawn ultimately into a conflict with our material, ideological and libidinal relationship to patriarchal-capitalism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745337139
  • 9780745337135

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

1. What's In A Dress?

2. On The Lavatory Question

3. The Aesthetic Of Cross-Dressing

4. Everyone's A Fetishist

5. How Popular Culture Made Me (A Woman)

6. Full Exposure

Notes

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Review quote

'Laced with some occasional edginess, it is a wonderful book, erudite, politically astute, brilliantly written, and at times wickedly funny. It's my favourite I've read for quite some time' -- Jeff Hearn, Hanken School of Economics, Finland; University of Huddersfield, UK; author of Men of the World 'Cremin explores the relationship between theory and life with intelligence and wit' -- Juliet Jacques, author of Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2016)
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About Ciara Colin Cremin

Ciara aka Colin Cremin lectures in sociology at the University of Auckland. She is author of several books, including Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism and Capitalism's New Clothes: Enterprise, Ethics and Enjoyment in Times of Crisis, both published with Pluto Press in 2015 and 2011 respectively.
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