Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution

Transgender History second edition The Roots of Today s Revolution Covering American transgender history from the mid twentieth century to today Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history with each chapter covering majo

  • Title: Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution
  • Author: Susan Stryker
  • ISBN: 9781580056892
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Covering American transgender history from the mid twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II trans radicalism and social change, which sCovering American transgender history from the mid twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s the mid 70s to 1990 the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years and the gender issues witnessed through the 90s and 00s.Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.

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    1. A history of trans people that's actually mostly about trans people?? Perposterous! Contextualizing trans history within the framework of broader human history? Now you've gone too far, Susan Stryker. Far too far.

    2. I wasn't going to comment on this book at all, since I was already familiar with most of the material from elsewhere. I very much enjoyed reading it as a for-us (and our friends) by-us piece of loving activism excavating and preserving a body of stories in danger of being lost. As such it's a worthy journalistic project well executed.On reflection though, my familiarity with trans histories made me insensitive to the urgency of that project. I really hope general readers pick this up, because tr [...]

    3. cons: published in 2008, so the language is a bit dated – in part because the movement has already changed so dramatically in the last 7 years. like– the author is clearly writing from her perspective, through her lens, in differentiating between one's "sex" (genitals) and gender. that differentiation has come under some very valid criticism in recent years (ex), and that's something to keep in mind. as much as this text is a chronicle of history, it doesn't exist outside of it, eitheros: EV [...]

    4. This is a really good primer on US transgender history focused on the past fifty years or so and showcasing prominent figures alongside pivotal movements. Stryker does a really good job of contextualizing the political battles and the attendant conflicts/betrayals of the larger queer community and the feminist movements. Nuanced, readable, eminently informative: highly recommended.

    5. Really good. I learnt a lot and it was helpful to read it in conjunction with Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood and the Politics of Violence. While this book is specifically about transgender history rather than the LGBT movement in general it talks about many of the same organisations that have been involved in LGBT activism in the US during the last 100 years. My main criticism of Safe Space was that it often didn't spend a lot of time talking about trans women and their relationships to these orga [...]

    6. This book is not exactly what I was expecting, which was both a good and a bad thing. I went into it thinking it would be a fairly general overview of trans history in the united states; what it is, is actually a somewhat more idiosyncratic history of trans social justice activism in the united states. on the plus side: i thought such a brief book would cover mostly basic info that was already familiar to me, but instead i got a wealth of fascinating info that isn't really very widely available. [...]

    7. Much better than I expected! Not terribly detailed, but does a really good job of putting people and organizations like Harry Benjamin, Sharon Stone, and ACT UP in context for their times. I also appreciated the bit at the end where the origins of queer theory are outlined, although the terminology started to go a little over my head. (I'm embarrassed to admit I used to get Sharon Stone and Susan Stryker confused before reading this book they have the same initials, dammit. Now I won't, though, [...]

    8. As other reviewers have noted, sometimes this book is a bit dated. To be honest, that makes me happy - it shows the progress of the last 7 years. It would have been nice to see acknowledgement that 'hermaphrodite' is a pretty unacceptable slur when used in reference to humans. It would have been nice to see more mention of non-binary people. But overall this book does a pretty fantastic job of introducing a heck of a lot of information about trans people and trans issues in an intelligent, inter [...]

    9. This wasn't quite what I was looking for. As a cisgendered, heterosexual individual, I think I wanted to understand the story of transgender more than the actual history. There were glimmers of what I was looking for, but I think I might be looking for more of a biography than a history.

    10. We read this book in my Gay History class and I really loved it. It’s enlightening to learn, as a trans person and a queer person in general, how much of our history has been taken from us and/or been silenced by those in power. This book informed me of so many events and individuals that I had no clue existed before I read it. Growing up in the Internet age, you learn about other queer people through interactions with other queer people and through something like a tumblr post or a twitter th [...]

    11. Notes- didn't mention that "transvestite" is considered derogatory in the terms listed- seems to spend more time on MTF than FTM- being transgendered & the digital age: some kind of link, challenging assumptions- "homosexual" coined by karl maria kertbeny in 1869- the state regulating bodies; norms and expectations that "determine what kinds of lives are deemed livable or useful and by shutting down the spaces of possibility and imaginative transformation where people's lives begin to exceed [...]

    12. Very interesting, although quite technical. I was hoping for something that would start earlier in time, and talk about transgender figures from the past (since I know some have been found), but this focused more on the politics and the definition of the movement. I still learnt many, many fascinating things.This book was written in 2007, so it's really interesting to notice what has changed since. Mostly it's in the terms used - cis/cisgender, noted by the author as being new, is now widely acc [...]

    13. I picked up this book in an effort to learn more about the history and struggle of the transgender community in the US. This is a population that I know very little about their history and their current movement for equity. As someone who is trying to work towards allyship for all transgender folks, it was a very good foundation for me. I knew in brief some of the issues; however (because of my own privilege) I did not know the most severe oppressions the transgender community faced and still fa [...]

    14. This book is an excellent introduction to transgender history in the USA, written by a transgender person. It is well-researched, well-organized, and well-written. It includes both a comprehensive overview of major events in transgender US history as well as a pretty good introductory-level explanation of commonly used terms and concepts in transgender historical discourse. The author does a particularly excellent job of representing both the struggles and the triumphs, accurately portraying the [...]

    15. Really interesting and engagingly written. Am starting to think I've neglected this particular bit of my personal education, and this was a great way to start, I think. It's a comprehensive look of transgender history at least from the 50's onward, and as much as it made me furious in part (really, white feminists? really? are we going to have to have a discussion about what rape is? AGAIN?) it also made me understand transgenderism in a way I never have before.A+, would read again. And I lament [...]

    16. Reads like the cliff notes of transgender history, focusing almost exclusively on the US, but it's a great place to start to learn about a subject. The history was compared to both feminist and gay/lesbian history in different time periods, with did a lot to better explain various events and movements. There is an extensive reference list in the back with is good for further reading. Highly recommend.

    17. It is the history of all the people that Stryker deems under the umbrella term "transgender" in the USA only. And only in the last 150 years. A tad limiting, but she's mainly attempting to just set up the transgender political movement how it is today and show its immediate history politically. It does it's job. I would think queer history/theory 101 textbook. not fun reading.

    18. Good 101 text but not quite what I was looking for. Saw this recently as a recommendation for a good foundation text of the history of transgender people and their history in the United States and as it was also a "quick" read it seemed like it would be a good text to add as a "general" book for knowledge. And that's what it is. Stryker provides an overview of various people, groups, organizations, etc. in the history of transgender people in the US. Some of it was quite fascinating: the laws t [...]

    19. Stryker does a really great job of giving an interesting and engaging overview of the social, cultural, medical and economic elements of a history that has long been the subject of erasure. I loved that Stryker emphasized that gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, etc are all completely separate, but also closely intertwined. The fact that a person can often fall into more than one identity within the LGBTIAQ+ spectrum and that there is no "choosing" or prioritizing one over [...]

    20. While I wish this book had a more global perspective granted its title (Transgender History as opposed to American Transgender History), Stryker presents her readers with a historical account that many are likely unfamiliar with. Through Transgender History, Skryker presents a tableau that traces Trans identity in relation to class, scientific research, backlashes, and group based movements into the early 2000s. I would be intrigued for an update, as well as more detailed biographies of Trans pe [...]

    21. Read for a Gender & Women’s Studies course for school. This book brings to light what history classes have yet to teach during our formative years. We learn about a history in school that is not true: Columbus, colonization of America, andocentric “heroes” etc. This book tells of those who made a difference in transgender rights and recognition. I’ve learned about things occurring in San Francisco, a short drive from where I live, both incredible and inconceivable. This is a great re [...]

    22. Very accessible and readable. Stryker gives a detailed history of trans community issues while also providing explanation and discussion of how historical developments shaped theoretical orientations toward gender and transgender issues as well as feminism, queer politics, and biomedical sciences.Highly recommended!

    23. I really valued this book - it provides context for today's transgender movement, while not romanticizing the actions of past activists or decisions of past movements. I think Stryker also succeeds as explaining transgender history as a fragile construct, because even the words that people use to describe themselves have changed.

    24. As a women's studies major, much of the earlier history was not new to me, but it was great to revisit all the same, with a new lens. I also appreciated the pages spent on second-wave feminist reactions to trans women, which deserve the spotlight as they continue to haunt our trans sisters. This isn't the book's fault, but I wish it was more updated, or longer, or something. I wanted more!

    25. Everyone needs to read this important book. My favorite part was about trans people in the 1800s who had to navigate their lives in a period where there was no existing framework for what being transgender was, let alone societal acceptance and guaranteed access to equal rights.

    26. More of a primer than anything else. Like a chapter out of a textbook. Good for a "starter kit" for a baby queer.

    27. !!! very informative, especially the section on terfs & the exclusion of trans people from queer & activist circles

    28. First book finished in 2012! (Granted, I started it in September 2011.)Easy to read--my first historical overview of the trans movement as situated in the context of LGB and queer activism. I also thought it had a nice balance of MTF and FTM perspectives.I thought the chapter "The Difficult Decades" was excellent and informative. And "Current Wave" caught me up. At least to 2008."As significant as participation in queer and LGBT politics has been for the transgender movement since the early 1990 [...]

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