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Unzipping Gender: Sex, Cross-Dressing and Culture

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  1 review
How does culture shape notions of sexuality and gender? Why are transvestites in the West so often seen as "deviant" or "perverse," while they are accepted in other societies? Is transvestism motivated primarily by sex or gender? What are the implications for the categories of "male" and "female" when considering transvestism? Unzipping Gender compares transvestism across ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 2nd 2004 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published April 1st 2004)
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John Carter McKnight
The final chapter bumped this up to 4 stars: until then the author hadn't adequately made the case for writing a comparative study of UK transvestites and Indian Hijras, nor engaged with theory of identity and gender in a deep way, but the ending pulls her material together nicely.

Some of the unsatisfying nature of the book comes from the slippery difficulty of thinking clearly about gender, as she acknowledges, and the relative paucity of good material on deconstruction of gender and non-binary
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