FTM: Female-to-male Transsexuals in Society

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Indiana University Press, 1997 - Social Science - 695 pages
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FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society provides a compassionate, intimate, and incisive look at the life experiences of forty-five female-to-male transsexuals. Until now, little has been known about these individuals, and questions persist about them. Who are they? How do they come to know themselves as transsexual? What do they do about it? How do their families cope? Who loves them? What does it mean for the rest of us?

To answer these and other questions, Holly Devor spent many years compiling in-depth interviews and researching the lives of transsexual and transgendered people, many of whom became her friends. She traces the everyday and significant events that coalesce in transsexual identity, culminating in gender and sex transformation. After an introduction which grounds the discussion in historical and theoretical contexts, the author takes a life course approach to understanding female-to-male transsexualism. Using her subjects' own words as illustrations, Devor looks at how childhood, adolescent, and adult experiences with family members, peers, and lovers work to shape and clarify female-to-male transsexuals' images of themselves as people who should be men.

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Contents

Have FemaletoMale Transsexuals Always Existed?
3
Theories about Transsexualism
37
Family Scenes
89
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About the author (1997)

Holly Devor, Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria, is recognized as an international expert on female gender dysphoria, female transgenderism, and female-to-male transsexuals. Dr. Devor, a member of the International Academy of Sex Research, is also author of the award-winning book Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality. In recognition of her scholarship, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality has honoured her with the Hugo Biegel Research Award.

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