Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 31, 2016 - Social Science - 272 pages
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“I know I’m not a man . . . and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a woman, either. . . . . The trouble is, we’re living in a world that insists we be one or the other.” With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. On one level, Gender Outlaw details Bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.

Gender Outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work—one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.


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User Review  - jimrgill - LibraryThing

Bornstein’s book—part memoir, part commentary, part cultural analysis, part drama (it contains the full text of Hidden: A Gender, a two act play she wrote)—provides frank and intelligent insight ... Read full review

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User Review  - Narshkite - LibraryThing

This is a brave and forward thinking book. Though much of this is dated, when it was written nearly 20 years ago it was clearly groundbreaking. I commend Ms. Bornstein on her vision, her humor, and ... Read full review

Contents

A Gender Interrogatory
Creating a Third Space

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Kate Bornstein divides their time between New York City and the Rhode Island shore. She can be seen in all episodes of Season 2 of the reality TV show I Am Cait. Their stage work includes the solo performance pieces The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, and On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. When not writing or performing, Kate can be found cuddling with Maui, following Doctor Who, prowling Twitter and Instagram, or playing pinball in their hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey.


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