Picture of author.

Susan Stryker

Teoksen Transgender History (Seal Studies) tekijä

22+ teosta 1,622 jäsentä 17 arvostelua

Tietoja tekijästä

Susan Stryker is the coauthor of "Gay by the Bay", a historical look at gay life in San Francisco, as well as "Gay Pulp" and "Lesbian Pulp Address Books". She currently works as Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco. (Bowker Author näytä lisää Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimen: Susan Stryker

Image credit: Susan Stryker

Tekijän teokset

Transgender History (Seal Studies) (2008) 915 kappaletta
The Transgender Studies Reader (2006) — Toimittaja — 246 kappaletta
The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2003) 56 kappaletta
Gay Pulp: Address Book (2000) 13 kappaletta
Lesbian Pulp: Address Book (2000) 11 kappaletta
Making Transgender Count (2015) 7 kappaletta
Trans* Studies Now (2020) 3 kappaletta

Associated Works

Merkitty avainsanalla




Much better than I expected! Not terribly detailed, but does a really good job of putting people and organizations like Harry Benjamin, Sharon Stone, and ACT UP in context for their times. I also appreciated the bit at the end where the origins of queer theory are outlined, although the terminology started to go a little over my head. (I'm embarrassed to admit I used to get Sharon Stone and Susan Stryker confused before reading this book... they have the same initials, dammit. Now I won't, though, because one of the last gray-boxed "asides" is an interesting snippet of Stryker's interview of Stone.)

"Transgender history" might be a misnomer: it's unapologetically focused on the U.S. history of transgender activism in the last century. But considering that that's where the Western word/concept of transgender mostly arose and developed, the choice makes more sense than trying to sweep what the West perceives as gender variance in non-Western cultures under the umbrella, and trying to extend the term backwards in time to people who didn't live in the same world we do.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
caedocyon | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 14, 2024 |
This book gave me A People's History vibes, in that it portrays, over and over, how the work of progress is done NOT primarily by the men on our TV screens, in elected office, behind pulpits or podiums, but by ordinary people, banding together in ways that are somehow haphazard, inventing communities and services and safety nets BECAUSE THEY NEED TO, and because no one else will/has.

A few of these stories I had at least some familiarity with, but so much of this has been ignored/suppressed/distorted that this is clearly a rescue operation for endangered stories.

A remarkable work.
… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
greeniezona | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 2, 2023 |
I really enjoyed this read, and learned a good deal. That said, if you are looking for objective historical reporting this is not the volume for you. There is nothing dry about this, but there is also a clear editorial slant, so if that is an issue be warned.

Stryker is a good and almost conversational writer. This could not be more accessible. There is some very edifying historical information about trans life and gender pioneers in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the advances since entering the 21st. She also presents a good framework for transgender feminism, something I think most trans feminist writers have not done terribly well. By recontextualizing feminism as not being about a history or oppression she presents a forward looking and more inclusive philosophy. However, as part of this recontextualization Stryker dismisses the concerns of 2nd wave cis-feminists about embracing transwomen as ascientifc and ungrounded, and that is not accurate, The 2nd wave POV was that transwomen grew up being identified and treated as male and therefore cannot connect to the pain which springs from the limitations visited on women by society at large. Certainly there are plenty of cis-male feminists, a penis and empathy for victims of inequity are not mutually exclusive. However, the no trans argument is not about feminism per se, but about creating safe spaces that are women-only to share in the impact of having lived in a world that limits women and which considers women only in the ways they are valued by men. Transwomen do not have the same lived experience as females assigned at birth. I don't feel the need to attend gynocentric gatherings (I went to the Michigan Womyn's festival once and found it ridiculous and cultish and also really boring) but that is me. Stryker dismisses this position entirely, advancing as a matter of fact that there is no distinction between transwomen and people assigned female at birth. I am just saying that is an opinion, not a scientific or legal fact. Stryker does this repeatedly, advances as fact things that are unproven, unprovable, or undecided, but Stryker also imparts great information about the history of trans and nonconforming people and about the current legal and policy issues to be addressed. She also makes good arguments for a road forward, I just wish she had advanced that material as opinion. An absolutely worthwhile and broadening read despite its spin!… (lisätietoja)
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Narshkite | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 8, 2021 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by
Arvio (tähdet)

Taulukot ja kaaviot