My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, Or Something Else Entirely

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Social Science - 292 pages
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Gender isn't just about "male" or "female" anymore - if you have any doubts, just turn on your television. RuPaul is as familiar as tomato ketchup with national radio and television shows, and transgendered folk are as common to talk-shows as screaming and yelling. But if the popularization of gender bending is revealing that "male" and "female" aren't enough, where are we supposed to go from here? Cultural theorists have written loads of smart but difficult-to-fathom texts on gender, but none provide a hands-on, accessible guide to having your own unique gender. With My Gender Workbook, Kate Bornstein brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender.

Bornstein starts from the premise that there are not just two genders performed in today's world, but countless genders lumped under the two-gender framework. Using a unique, deceptively simple and always entertaining workbook format, Bornstein gently but firmly guides you to discover your own unique gender identity. Whether she's using the USFDA's food group triangle to explain gender, or quoting one-liners from real "gender transgressors", Bornstein's first and foremost concern is making information on gender bending truly accessible. With quizzes and exercises that determine how much of a man or woman you are, My Gender Workbook gives you the tools to reach whatever point you desire on the gender continuum.

Bornstein also takes aim at the recent flurry of books that attempt to naturalize gender difference, and puts books like Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus squarely where they belong: on Uranus. If you don't think you are transgendered when you sit down to read this book, you will be by the time you finish it!

 

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Review: My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely

User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

Kind of the worst excesses of 90s rad queer liberal-in-disguise culture. The absolute low point (besides a protracted and explicit account of Bornstein's online BDSM conversations) is a quiz she has ... Read full review

Review: My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely

User Review  - C McDaniel - Goodreads

Gosh, seeing this brings back (pleasant) teaching memories. I first encountered Kate Bornstein in Grad school (for the MA); I integrated several of the exercises in this "workbook"--it's a lot more ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
25
Section 4
42
Section 5
67
Section 6
71
Section 7
73
Section 8
91
Section 11
156
Section 12
173
Section 13
196
Section 14
225
Section 15
245
Section 16
252
Section 17
255
Section 18
279

Section 9
104
Section 10
137
Section 19
287
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About the author (1998)

Kate Bornstein is the author of Gender Outlaw (Routledge, 1994) and co-author of the novel Nearly Roadkill (1996). She lives, writes and rehearses her stage work in Seattle.

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