The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male

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Seal Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 343 pages
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Max Wolf Valerio crafts a raw, gripping, and poetic account of life before, during, and after injecting testosterone. Valerio's detailed observations about a lesbian transitioning from female to a heterosexual male highlights the physical and emotional differences between women and men, and alternately challenges and confirms readers' assumptions about gender.

Valerio presents his story in three parts: the height of his transition, in which he witnesses his own increased energy and sex drive while struggling with gaining confidence in his male self and bearing witness to his own demise as a woman; life before testosterone, when as Anita, a self-identified lesbian out for fourteen years, he confronts startling moments of awareness of a deeper, earlier dream of who he really is; and life after testosterone, when the experience of living in the world as a man is at once a homecoming and a confirmation that male behavior is at least partly rooted in biology.

The Testosterone Files addresses the most fundamental issues of transitioning, from buying men's underwear to choosing a male name, as well as the profound subjects of male privilege, physical power, and existing as a male who was once distrustful and critical of men's intentions. Valerio's honest and forthcoming opinions on gender, identity, and self-perception comprise the core of this intensely personal and absorbing narrative which grapples with the tough and complex issues that emerge in a world whose assumptions about gender binaries are being increasingly challenged as more people openly self-define across the gender spectrum.
 

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I am still not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I really like that the author was so open about his life regarding a topic that a lot of people discourage or are uncomfortable with. I admire ... Read full review

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Contents

PAIir N BEGINNING
12
PARTUW BEFORE TESTOSTERONE
26
Psychiatrists Tabloid Tales
79
Epiphanies
105
Beards Housewives and ExLesbian Separatists
108
Birthday Party 1 13
115
Getting My Name
120
Binding
128
Man with Breasts
212
Normal Guy
221
Cock in My Pocket 227
229
Juliet
232
Twilight Zone
238
Weird Weird World
243
Sex Wars
248
Its a Great Gimmick
251

Patriarchal Underwear Cannibals
135
PMffTMiaH AFTER TESTOSTERONE
139
Blood Rites
140
Saying Goodbye
144
The Incredible Hulk
151
Hunger
156
Shaving
158
Breaking the News
163
Sex for Sale
168
2o In the Grip of the Goddess
174
Urine Scents and Bathrooms
182
Authority
187
Saint Priapus
190
Venus of Data Entry
204
Predator
258
Stripper
261
Commitment
264
Territory
267
Initiation
271
Testosterone Energy and Aggression
283
Further Initiations
288
Cold Dark Shades
295
The End of Tears
302
Switching Places 31 1
311
Phantom Dick
317
Adams Apple
323
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Sunshine Mugrabi has been a freelance and staff writer for such publications as Red Herring, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Curve Magazine, and The Daily Hampshire Gazette. Her short story, "The Last Time," was published in The Lullwater Review. She lives in Silicon Valley, California with her husband, Leor and their three cats. This is her first book.

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