FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 695 pages
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"This is the most comprehensive, professional book to date on FTM transsexualism and the many aspects of their life journeys. For its volume, this book is clearly understandable and reads without excessive use of scientific and academic rhetoric, thus making the book available to a broad audience. It is nonjudgmental, nonsensational, and provocative in its honesty, interpretation, and challenge to the future of societal opinion regarding FTM gender identity." —Journal of Sex Research

"Holly Devor's exploration of the life experiences and transformations of female-to-male transsexuals richly describes a heretofore neglected topic. Her compelling description provides readers with insights that both contrast with and complement the existing literature on male-to-female transsexuals and other transgendered individuals." —Contemporary Sociology

"... a landmark in the documentation of the personal lives of transsexual men." —The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

"The book alternates specialized academic analysis with the individual studies, and should be of interest to both professionals who work with transsexuals and scholars interested in gender theory." —Choice

"Writing with an intelligent and accessible style, Dr. Devor balances exposition, analysis, and excerpts from her subjects' interviews to present a coherent picture of what social life is like for FTMs as they find their identity and learn about themselves."¬ —Jamison "James" Green

The author of the groundbreaking book ¬Gender Blending here turns her attention to the little-known world of female-to-male transsexuals. 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?


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My biggest issue with this book is the author's misuse of pronouns, at almost every turn. When talking about some of the FtM transgender people they interviewed, such as Simon and Luther, they use "she" constantly while talking about the men's transition. I would have thought, with this much research, the author would discover that it is customary to use one's preferred pronouns, even when talking about their lives before they transitioned. 

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Unfortunately Devor;s treatment in Gender Blending says much much more about his own experience and life trajectory as an FtM transsexual than it does about the happily-female butch dykes he profiles in his book. Devor's thesis that butch dykes really want to be men is flat wrong, and obscures rather than illuminates the lives of the people he interviewed and profiled.  


Have FemaletoMale Transsexuals Always Existed?
Theories about Transsexualism
Family Scenes
Adolescence Is about Change
I0 Crises at Puberty
Adolescent Friendships
Concluding Adolescence
Are We There Yet?
? The Naked Truth about Sexuality
Visions of Genders
Lessons from the Journey
Conclusions and Questions

I7 A Long Road
Making the Changes
Coming Out Stories

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About the author (1999)

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 honored her with the Hugo Biegel Research Award.

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