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The riddle of gender : science, activism, and transgender rights

Author: Deborah Rudacille
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why. Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles-historical, sociological, psychological, medical-Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one's gender has been met with both acceptance and hostility through the years, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Rudacille
ISBN: 0385721978 9780385721974
OCLC Number: 63703981
Description: xxiv, 369 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The hands of God : conversation with Ben Barres, M.D., Ph. D. --
Through science to justice : conversation with Susan Stryker, Ph. D. --
The bombshell : conversation with Aleshia Brevard --
Men and women, boys and girls : conversation with Chelsea Goodwin and Rusty Mae Moore, Ph. D. --
Liberating the rainbow : conversation with Tom Kennard --
Childhood, interrupted: conversation with Dana Beyer, M.D. --
Fear of a pink planet : conversation with Joanna Clark --
Answering the riddle --
Two years later : afterword to the Anchor Books edition.
Responsibility: Deborah Rudacille.

Abstract:

When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why. Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles-historical, sociological, psychological, medical-Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one's gender has been met with both acceptance and hostility through the years, and that gender identity, like sexual orientation, appears to be inborn, not learned, though in some people the sex of the body does not match the sex of the brain. Informed not only by meticulous research, but also by the author's interviews with prominent members of the transgender community, The Riddle of Gender is a sympathetic and wise look at a sexual revolution that calls into question many of our most deeply held assumptions about what it means to be a man, a woman, and a human being. ... Publisher description.
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