New book in the works: Trans Bodies, Trans Selves


There is a new book in the works, modeled after the famous Our Bodies, Ourselves, called Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.

About the book
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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for transgender and other gender-variant people, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life.

I’m excited to see the results of the book, as a genderqueer identified person, because there is very little information out there that is compiled into one big volume. It is a huge undertaking, but it’s sure to be a benefit to the folks in our community.
The book’s Editor, Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, participated last week in a question and answer feature with the New York Times about transgender issues. You can check it out here.
The book team is looking for folks to fill out a survey that will be used in the book, as well as interns and chapter authors. More info here.

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4 Comments

  1. Ms. Junior
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    It makes me very happy to see this. It’s about damn time a book like this came out.

  2. Comrade Kevin
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I do have some trans issues, but I admit it’s tough for me to know how to adequately articulate them. I’ll give it a shot, though.

  3. flexiblecister
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    This is excellent news. Its a long time coming…
    but on another note… I don’t know if that image is the cover, but I did not find that it allowed me to make a positive aesthetic connection with trans bodies and trans selves. The color spectrum is excellent, but the font seems a bit futuristic, like what one would see in scifi movies. Perhaps this is appropriate, as we are moving into the future… but it reminded me of alien movies and thus of an implication that transbodies are alien. Which bothered me.
    Perhaps its just my mind jumping from image to image, but was it just me?

  4. Icy Bear
    Posted April 27, 2010 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I feel the same. The cover looks cool, sure, but the font especially makes me think of robots or cyborgs. And having just read some bullshit academic article that likened intersex bodies to cyborgs, I wouldn’t be surprised if people would make similar arguments about trans people…
    I guess I get less the impression that trans people are alien than that they have sort of ‘inauthentic’, cyborgian bodies. But regardless of the exact interpretation, the implication is pretty awful.

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