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The nearest exit may be behind you

Author: S Bear Bergman
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Arsenal Pulp Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humour and grace, these essays deal with issues from women's spaces to the old boys' network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: S Bear Bergman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Bear Bergman
ISBN: 9781551522647 1551522640
OCLC Number: 318877306
Description: 205 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The nearest exit may be behind you --
While you were away --
Wrap/t --
Today, I am a man (and other perorations of the tranny Jewboy) --
Roadside assistance --
It only takes a minute, I --
Dutiful grandchild --
When will you be having the surgery? --
What's in a name? --
New year --
The velveteen tranny --
It only takes a minute, II --
The field guide to transmasculine creatures --
I'm just saying --
Passing the word --
Not getting killed, with kindness --
Getting myself home --
The rule of two --
Like love --
It only takes a minute, III --
Seahorse papa --
Writing the landscape --
Just a phase --
Bowing to the beams --
Gay men, queer men, and me --
It's always easier if you can be something they recognize --
Shame --
It only takes a minute, IV --
Sing if you're glad to be trans.
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"Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humour and grace, these essays deal with issues from women's spaces to the old boys' network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one; throughout, S. Bear Bergman shows us there are things you learn when you're visibly different from those around you--whether it's being transgressively gendered or readably queer. As a transmasculine person, Bergman keeps readers breathless and rapt in the freakshow tent long after the midway has gone dark, when the good hooch gets passed around and the best stories get told. Ze offers unique perspectives on issues that challenge, complicate, and confound the 'official stories' about how gender and sexuality work."--Jacket.

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