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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 24 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787967025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787967024
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brown and Rounsley's solidly based introduction to many aspects of living as a transsexual provides general information about the dilemma of feeling trapped in the wrong physical gender, about such a person's development, and about locating a gender therapist. Brown and Rounsley also detail the process of transition between genders, starting with legal and identity changes and proceeding to changing outward modes of self-presentation (they include sample "coming-out" letters to employers, coworkers, friends, and family members) and dealing with bathroom issues, hormone treatments, surgical options, and guidelines for finding social support. First-person accounts from transsexuals augment general readability and put human faces on the issues discussed. Whitney Scott --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"I would strongly recommend this book as a primer for anyone interested in this topic." (Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35:2)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coleman Yee on April 26 2004
Format: Paperback
I've never had any personal encounters with transsexuals before and am not one myself, so my personal opinion of transsexualism was based on ignorance and second-hand opinions. I read this book out of pure curiosity.
Reading this book opened my eyes to the plight of what transsexuals have to go through, all throughout their lives. It also helped me see things from a different perspective.
The book is readible and sensitive, seeking for understanding rather than trying to defend.
I thus recommend this book to anyone who cares enough to try to understand the fellow human being, even though that fellow human being may be "different".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.C. on Aug. 31 2007
Format: Paperback
As the partner of a transgendered individual, this book has helped me greatly in at least getting a glimpse of what must have gone on for my partner since childhood. I don't think that anything can truly allow someone who does not have these feelings understand what it's like - but this book provides an intimate view of what some people have gone through. A lot of the information is useful and pertinent even to this day and age, though it certainly is out-dated regarding some details. For example, FTMs can have hormone therapy through pills, patches, and weekly injections (rather than bi- to quater-weekly injections only as the book states). But that's just nit-picky. Overall, it was a good read. I could barely put it down when I had time at home for reading. Well worth the money both for transgendered individuals and those who are connected to them. The most helpful sections were, perhaps, the letters and the frank discussion about support and reactions that family and friends can have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 15 1997
Format: Hardcover
By telling the stories of transsexuals whom she has counselled, Millie Brown presents a compelling portrait of these often misunderstood and maligned people. Dr. Brown shows a warmth and understanding of transsexuals that is rarely seen in any published material on this intriguing and often disturbing topic.

Unlike so many other books that concentrate on male to female, or on female to male transsexuals, to the exclusion the other, this book presents a balance between these so related, yet disparate groups of people.

The last chapter, "In Their Own Words" presents writings of many transsexuals who posess a literary bent. Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming amount of poetry with little in the way of prose in this section, and at least one submission was heavily edited, and lost much of its meaning as a result.

If you are related to, a co-worker or supervisor of, or know any transsexuals, this book is a "must" if you want to know their "true selves."

Michelle Steiner (steiner@best.com)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19 1997
Format: Hardcover
Being a transgendered person myself , I thought this is an excellant book , be it for yourself ,loved one or a friend. It gives great detail on what we go thru in our daily lives , as well as what to expect in the future. It also bring's up the common misconception's of the Transsexual. In all I would highly recommend this book to anyone . A small price to pay for such good information
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smith on Aug. 17 2003
Format: Paperback
The title of the book states 'Understanding Transsexualism', but I felt that the first half of the book focused way to heavily on transvestites and crossdressers. Yes, there is a HUGE differance between the TG community and the TV/CD community.
I am a TS and felt short changed with all the crossdressing discussions. For TV's and CD's its all about clothing, makeup, wigs and/or fetish sex. For me it has nothing to do with all that, but takes on a deeper, almost spiritual journey to discovering my true inner self, not how sexy I look in a new wig. I PROUDLY say that I have NEVER bought, owned or worn a wig.
Overall, I am sorry I purchased this book and even more sorry I recomended it to my family.
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Format: Hardcover
This book absolutely HAS to have saved many lives already.
Transexuality is REAL. People REALLY live it. And they live it NOT BY CHOICE.
And they live through lives cloaked in sadness, guilt, fear, lies, cheating, ridicle, rejection, misinterpretation, horror, violence and finally death - mainly due suicide.
This is know. I have experienced most of this including very close to the final one.
This book may have yet saved my own life. (It's too early to tell but it has certainly been a positive source of light during the blackest time in my life)
It's a fantastically positive book and will give solid support to any transsexual person - both directly in their own recognition of the material within and in passing it on to family, friends, lovers - anyone they might find the need to come out to prior to or during transition.
There is only one tiny element in this book that is not quite right - it understates the existence of a class of transsexuals who's sexuality also happens to cross the other way. The writers appear (like many others) to assume that transsexuals, who might appear to the uninformed to be homosexuals prior to transition are actually always heterosexual after transition (and yearn to be prior).
One of the gay world's secrets is now out. There are also transsexuals who are (or give the appearance of being) totally str8 prior to transition and who are therefore quite, quite gay AFTER transition.
For these people, life is even more complicated, full of irony and paradox.
Sadly this book does not adequately account for these individuals very well.
Otherwise I rate it ten stars out of five.
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