Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.
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On one hand, it is obviously a very personal book for the author, chronicling her journey to find people like herself in history and in the present day. The autobiographical parts are great and the photo section in the back is inspirational. I don't begrudge her deep need to find people like her in the world and to start looking at larger issues in Western culture.
However, as a person with an academic historical background, I cringed at a lot of her exa ...more
It's definitely true that if you want a meticulous, detailed, jargony drudge through trans history then this is not the book: it neither has the style, content or length for that kinda project.
But this book from the beginning opens as a personal story of discovering oneself *through* histo ...more
However, it introduces fascinating possibilities for further self-directed historical research about this mostly silenced population's history. & the connection made between transgendered people's history & revolutionary movements in the next to last chapter--from crossdressing peasant tollbooth rioters in 1700s England to Stonewall--is particularly com ...more
Although it is rather short, this book is full of stories and information that are sure to lead to further reading -- naturally Joan d'Arc is mentioned, but also many other cases of gender-bending revolutionaries that helped shape the world.
This is a must read for anyone who is interested in gender politics, revolution, progressive politics, or just ...more
Leslie Feinberg takes us into a journey on the hidden history of trans people, theorising why we were written out of history. During my coming out, it was a hugely empowering book, showing me the historical roots of different gender identities.
Feinberg's style is also very accessible, using personal anecdotes of how the knowledge was obtained to add a huge amount of character to the book. Feinberg believes in a grassroots, liberated form of learning whic ...more
I am now finished and have to say I enjoyed the historical information. It asked me to look again at what I thought I knew about history. Having said that, I found the style dry and academic for long stretches. Read it anyway to expand yo ...more
Confermo tutto a lettura terminata. Forse un pizzico divulgativo, a volte si perde ma decisamente interessante soprattutto per un largo pubblico più che per lettori motivati.
Per chi è interessato all'argomento è un buon sunto con una amplissima bibliografia.
Da leggere e diffondere.
Feinberg's writings on LGBT history, "Lavender & Red," frequently appear in the Workers World newspaper. Feinberg's partner is the prominent lesbian poet-activist Minnie Bruce Pratt. Feinberg has also been involved in Camp ...more