Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

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Seven Stories Press, 2006 - Psychology - 231 pages
Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.
Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive.
Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life.
Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.

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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

I love the idea of this book, and found it generally sensitive to the diversity of its intended readership. Where Bornstein seemed to have blindspots were with sex and religion. She recommends sex as ... Read full review

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"This is a one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box for marginalised youth. Celebrated transsexual trailblazer, Kate Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of ... Read full review


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A celebrated pioneer for the LGBTIQ community, KATE BORNSTEIN is the author of My Gender Workbook- How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely and Gender Outlaw- On Men, Women and The Rest of Us, as well as the editor with S. Bear Bergman of Gender Outlaws- The Next Generation. Her plays and performance pieces include Hidden- A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, and Too Tall Blondes In Love. She lives in New York City with her partner, Barbara Carrellas.

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