The Riddle of Gender

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 29, 2009 - Social Science - 336 pages
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When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why.

Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles–historical, sociological, psychological, medical–Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one’s gender has been met with both acceptance and hostility through the years, and that gender identity, like sexual orientation, appears to be inborn, not learned, though in some people the sex of the body does not match the sex of the brain.

Informed not only by meticulous research, but also by the author’s interviews with prominent members of the transgender community, The Riddle of Gender is a sympathetic and wise look at a sexual revolution that calls into question many of our most deeply held assumptions about what it means to be a man, a woman, and a human being.


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Review: The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism, and Transgender Rights

User Review  - Ceillie Simkiss - Goodreads

I think this is a good basic overview of all of the research and beliefs that has gone into what we know about being transgender. I would have preferred it to be a more cohesive book, organized by ... Read full review

Review: The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism, and Transgender Rights

User Review  - Tope - Goodreads

Argh I had most of a review written and then I lost it! Highlights: This is a bit of a choppy read. Not that a nonfiction book has to be just one thing, but it tries to be a history of trans and ... Read full review

Contents

The Hands of God
3
Conversation with Ben Barres M D Plz D
21
Through Science to Justice
30
Conversation with Susan Srrycar P111
52
The Bombshell
62
Conversation with Czesea Goodwin and Rusty Mae Moore P1 1
141
Liberating the Rainbow
151
Conversation with Tom Kennard
179
Conversation with Dana Beyer M 1 2 26
226
Conversation with joanna Clark
277
Afterword to the Anchor Books Edition
293
Acknowledgments
307
Selected Bibliography 3
345
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About the author (2009)

Deborah Rudacille is a science writer at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Scalpel and the Butterfly: The Conflict Between Animal Research and Animal Protection. She lives in Baltimore.


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