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True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals Paperback – Mar 24 2003
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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.
"I would strongly recommend this book as a primer for anyone interested in this topic." (Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35:2)See all Product Description
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What would you do if your daughter came to visit one day and confided her deepest, darkest secret: "All my life, I've felt like I was a boy instead of a girl." Read the first page
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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".
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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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this book gives helpful information and a look at transsexualism that is sympathetic and positive. Brown does a great job of explaining and laying out the issues. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
This is by far the best written book about transsexualism that I have ever read. I find it amazing that the authors can have such an accurate perception on what it's like to be a... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003
This book is a must for anyone whom sef-identifies as Transgender and for friends, families, allies, caregivers, and clinicians serving the Trans population. Read morePublished on June 10 2003 by Neil J. Hajba
I was able to finally come out to several of my family members, which was definitely hard (even though I was pretty sure they would accept me). Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Brandon Wing
This is a great book. It explains the life of a transgender. From childhood through the hormones and operations. Read morePublished on March 30 2003 by Josiejo LePage
When I was beginning my investigation of my own gender identity, I started with this book because it was recommended to me. Now I am recommending it. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002 by Sophie
I couldn't stop crying the first time I read this book. In fact I couldn't put it down. As a Transsexual moving through transition, I felt a spiritual bond with all of the other... Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2002 by Angela Moreau
Dr Brown is an angel who helped a friend of mine find some semblance of peace.Published on July 25 2002 by K Nickles
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