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Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
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Becoming a Visible Man

by Jamison Green

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the introduction "how do you know?" is great for the classroom - it's a speech jamison green gives to a group of skeptical college kids. some of the kids know he's ftm, and some don't.

why it's teachable:

content: an exploration of how gender is constructed socially and biologically.

style: a speech that makes a compelling "devil's advocate" argument. engaging and funny. ( )
  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
the introduction "how do you know?" is great for the classroom - it's a speech jamison green gives to a group of skeptical college kids. some of the kids know he's ftm, and some don't.

why it's teachable:

content: an exploration of how gender is constructed socially and biologically.

style: a speech that makes a compelling "devil's advocate" argument. engaging and funny. ( )
  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
I found this quite disappointing. I was expecting it to be about his personal transition, but it's more about how various organisations have been set up and how it's all thanks to him. The general opinion seems to be that FTMs would not exist if it wasn't for him and I found this really irritating. ( )
  Ganimede | Nov 18, 2007 |
Very simply the best FTM autobiography out there. Not only does Green discuss his own life, but he goes over the general mechanics of a female-to-male transition, providing valuable information. Well written, a great book one could give to family and friends to help them understand. ( )
  robinhood | Oct 3, 2007 |
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Best Book in Transgender Studies, 2005
Winner, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS), NY
2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Written by a leading activist in the transgender movement, Becoming a Visible Man is an artful and compelling inquiry into the politics of gender. Jamison Green combines candid autobiography with informed analysis to offer unique insight into the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience, ranging from encounters with prejudice and strained relationships with family to the development of an FTM community and the realities of surgical sex reassignment.

For more than a decade, Green has provided educational programs on gender-variance issues for corporations, law-enforcement agencies, social-science conferences and classes, continuing legal education, religious education, and medical venues. His comprehensive knowledge of the processes and problems encountered by transgendered and transsexual people--as well as his legal advocacy work to help ensure that gender-variant people have access to the same rights and opportunities as others--enable him to explain the issues as no transsexual author has previously done.

Brimming with frank and often poignant recollections of Green's own experiences--including his childhood struggles with identity and his years as a lesbian parent prior to his sex-reassignment surgery--the book examines transsexualism as a human condition, and sex reassignment as one of the choices that some people feel compelled to make in order to manage their gender variance. Relating the FTM psyche and experience to the social and political forces at work in American society, Becoming a Visible Man also speaks consciously of universal principles that concern us all, particularly the need to live one's life honestly, openly, and passionately.

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