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Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

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In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and t ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Seal Press (first published August 24th 2010)
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A collection of a variety of personal stories and experiences about gender. They vary in subject, genre and quality. Some of the texts left me with nothing, but others, especially Kyle Lukoff's "Taking up Space", touched me and made me think about me own experiences. I wasn't too keen on the editing: the sections written by the editors were in text chat from, which I think is both annoying and old fashioned, and the texts were not, in my opinion, arranged very carefully or with ingenuity. All in ...more
Morgan Dhu
Sep 24, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it
When Kate Bornstein wrote Gender Outlaws: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, back in 1994, trans* issues were still a thing not many people talked about, unless they were, or knew, people who were trans. Bornstein's writing and advocacy was part of the reason this has changed.

Now she has co-edited, with S. Bear Bergman, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, a collection of essays and personal narratives by people in and around the trans* community today. The editors have made selections represent
Dec 06, 2010 Trisha rated it liked it
Shelves: library-read
Gender Outlaws is a series of poems, essays, comic strips, etc. which offers insight into a variety of trans* issues. o many different perspectives are presented in this text; however, intersectionality drove many essays in the book. Focusing on the vast space between in the gender binary, these essays are quite unique despite the commonality. Gwendolyn Ann Smith's essay, "We're All Somebody's Freak", resonated with me as encapsulating the primary theme throughout the text. She writes:

"We live
Jean Roberta
Mar 10, 2011 Jean Roberta rated it really liked it
This book is a kind of sequel to Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, published in 1994. Gender Outlaw, which has become a staple in Queer Studies classrooms, questions the fundamental necessity of dividing the human race into only two genders assumed to be "natural" and mutually exclusive. Gender oppression, in Bornstein's view, is not only a form of inequality imposed on the value-neutral categories of "male" and "female," but is intrinsic to them. As a charismatic ...more
This is a genuinely remarkable collection. I don't know how, exactly, they called for submissions, but everyone should use the same technique because the majority of the writing in this book was outstanding. The variety and depth of experience that is captured is beyond impressive - intersections of gender (trans* and otherwise) and religion, class, race, language, country, culture, ability, you name it. Contains poetry, prose, persuasive arguments, eulogies, cartoons: all incredibly effective. ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Betty added it
Shelves: short-pieces, 2016
Title: Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
Editors: Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman, both of whose work I respect greatly
Genre: Collections, LGBT.
Finished In: I think I read about half of this book when it first came out. I finished it this week. So I'm going with "years."
Pages: 302
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: Some nice pop art by Kimberly Glyder showing a variety of presumably gender variant people.
First line: "S. Bear Bergman: 'Good morning, cutepants.'"
Favorite quote: "Most people strive to
Jul 21, 2013 Keshia rated it really liked it
“Let's stop pretending that we have all the answers, because when it comes to gender, none of us is fucking omniscient.”

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation is a collection of essays, poems, and comics that examine the nature of gender choice, identification, and oppression. It works as a quasi sequel to Burnstien's books released back in 1995, Gender Outlaws. Even though I haven't read the original book I feel that it is almost a necessity to release this, as the world and how people choose to
Sam Peterson
Mar 29, 2016 Sam Peterson rated it it was amazing
I'm still thrilled, some years later, to have a piece included in this wonderfully rangy collection. Bravo and Brava Bornstein and Bear.
Jul 29, 2015 Monika rated it it was amazing
This is a fierce collection. Some of these authors take back slurs, such as she-male and tranny. They are all fearless. They rip apart the gender binary in order to live authentic lives. Their words are shocking, introspective, profoundly honest, and touching. If you want to truly listen to voices from the trans community -— across the spectrum —- this is a must-read.

More of my thoughts on this title can be found on my blog at Lovely Bookshelf.
Jenn Lee
May 03, 2016 Jenn Lee rated it liked it
Hard for me to "rate" this book. On the one hand it's by us for us. And this is no small feat. In that way, I am grateful for this. Happy it was rather diverse in its representation as well: many different kinds of gender variance and also not just white. To be honest, the best essays were written by people of colour- an especially interesting essay: "Why you don't have to choose a white boy name to be a man in this world" by Kenji Tokawa about the frustration surrounding language "limitation" e ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
I love some of the essays, I abhor some of the essays. So, it's solidly worth reading to see what to major queer editors think of what's being written on the topic these days, but .... nothing can live up to the happy nostalgia I have for "GenderQueer" and, seriously, I think I doodled most of those cartoon in the margins of my notebooks fifteen years ago, and they weren't profound or funny then either. Oh, ouch - I am a cranky snob. :)
Jan 21, 2016 Analia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book hoping to learn something about and I didn't, at all.

The essays were too disjointed to make much of a point, the writers (or most of them at least) didn't spend enough time trying to explain to the reader how it feels to be them, how they came to be, or much of anything, the poetry pieces I think are totally uncalled for in a book that is supposed to be about experiences and not creative writing.

I would have liked a more in-depth look at... well,everything, since the book isn'
Dec 15, 2014 Radu rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. So many different forms of human beauty. Made me once again really see the people around me and wonder about all the things we so uniquely experience, including gender.

"In reality, not a single one of us is so magically normative as to claim the right to separate out the freaks from everyone else. We are all freaks to someone. Maybe even—if we’re honest—to ourselves.”

"We'll have learned that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive, and how satisfying it can feel t
Feb 18, 2015 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: society, gender
A collection of essays, interviews, poems and comics such as this is bound to have a few that don't quite hit the mark for any one reader, and so there were a few here and there which didn't quite interest or inspire or anything else me.

But the majority of everything else did. And in that majority were a number which I found fascinating or inspiring or even just relatable. Everything here made me like this book. These gems made me love this book.

No matter what your gender identity, this book is
Jun 10, 2014 K.m. rated it it was amazing
So, so much going on in this collection, but with very few exceptions an insightful, and broad-sweeping collection of writings on gender, culture, sexuality, etc. The opening dialogue between editors Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman really set the tone of serious gender theorizing, openness to trans, queer (and cis) identities and experiences, discussed humorously, academically, and often erotically. Less a collection put together with a particular thesis in mind, more a round-table discussion ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Silvergirl354 rated it liked it
A book of essays by various gender-non-conforming types. Overall I found it interesting, and it gave me insight into a number of issues I hadn't considered before. There was some amount of terminology that made me feel I was stuck in some kind of queer theory classroom I hadn't meant to wander into. ("Heteronormative paradigm" comes to mind.) But overall I found the essays more interesting than infuriating.
Because it is a collection, I liked some writing styles much better than others. Some I fo
Mar 11, 2015 B rated it liked it
This book provides a glimpse of the fantastic spectrum for gender variant people. Trans is such a broad term, it's hard to know what it even means. Having read this, I have a bit more understanding and compassion for all the nuance that umbrella term can cover. It feels like an important book toward the understanding and acceptance of and for the Trans community. It's funny, sexy, heartbreaking and, at times, enraging. But I think it's sometimes necessary to get a little mad before any change ca ...more
Sassafras Lowrey
Jul 04, 2014 Sassafras Lowrey rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to have a story included in this amazing collection!
Jan 10, 2014 Ellie rated it really liked it

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation is a collection of essays compiled by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. This collection will appeal to people interested in trans* and genderqueer identities, and some of the pieces specifically present bisexual trans* and genderqueer point-of-views. As with most anthologies, this collection is a mixed bag, but the vast majority of the pieces are engaging and display a variety of perspectives.

In “Performance Piece,” Julia Seran
Aug 04, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Bornstein: "After decades of theory, it's a lovely thing to scream with joy at the proof."

I read this book immediately after reading GenderQueer and Nobody Passes which are also collections of personal essays on gender. So by the middle of this book I found that I'd overdosed on that, and probably didn't enjoy the book as much as I should have. Everything I said in my review of those two books holds here as well: reading personal experiences makes concepts hit home in a real way that theory ofte
Emilia P
Feb 04, 2011 Emilia P rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-books
It is really really a crap-shoot what I will actually be able to focus on and more importantly, keep picking up, these days. With this book, I was able to do both, and I feel like that was enough. A collection of short essays that are basically a snapshot of where the transgender/genderqueer/etc movement is now, with lots of different views, lots of very personal writing styles, lots of insights into the trans experience that I had never thought of and did find interesting -- some real standouts ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing
In 1995, Kate Bornstein wrote Gender Outlaw. It was a book about her own M to F transition, and a treatise on gender. It helped a lot of trans people get through their lives. Now, 15 years later, she and co-author/editor Bergman have produced a collection of essays, comics and poems, all from members of the trans community. While the average person thinks of the trans community as made up of drag queens and people who surgically and hormonally transition from one set of genitals to the other, it ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Lani rated it liked it
I struggle with my own prejudice around transgendered people. I find it frustrating to deal with new pronouns and still can't wrap my head around non-binary gendering - which is not to say I don't see gender as a spectrum, but I see it as a spectrum between 2 choices. I read this book in part to force myself to open my mind to these other ways of looking at gender and gender identity.

Like any collection of essays, some items were strong or more relate-able than others. I heard of this book becau
This book was a real mix for me.
I loved a few select pieces so much it made the whole book worth it; Performance Piece by Julia Serano was amazing and so well said. I'm going back to read it again and can see myself looking back and reflecting on it in the future.
However, I am one who hates language like "tranny", "fag", etc. Every time I read one of those words in here (and there were a LOT of them) it stung. I don't mean to be a stickler about it, but I increasingly am hating reading things by
May 18, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, glbtq
In a book of collected stories or essays, its hard to love everything in it. And it's true, some of these I didn't get, not so much. But the ones I did were amazing, heart-wrenching, truth-speaking pieces. I wanted to hand them out like candy to the people I love. I need to own a copy of this book.

Favorites included "Transcension" by Diamond & Blazes (it was a comic), "The Manly Art of Pregnancy" by j wallace, "Why you don't have to choose a white-boy name" by Kenji Tokawa, and "Pilgrimage"
Aug 04, 2015 Billy rated it really liked it
It was much better than I thought it was going to be. I was very scared it was gonna require some heavy lifting (kinda like Judith Butler), but to my great relish it was both challenging AND easy-to-digest. As an (ignorant) cis-gender male, I think what was most striking for me I found in Ryka Aoki's essay 'On Living Well and Coming Free' in which she explained that she quite matter-of-factly didn't plan on staging a coup against gender or create some crazy gender-binary revolution, she simply w ...more
May 22, 2016 Lola rated it liked it
Read as part of the read harder challenge.
I probably should have chosen a different book for this item, but I'm interpreting the harder reading as reading something outside my book rut. This certainly was. I don't have a high tolerance for cultural studies navel gazing, which made up a fair proportion of the chapters. I like my social politics a bit more... political.
Thankfully, there were some beautiful, positive, thought provoking pieces as well.
Daniel Eckert
Apr 25, 2014 Daniel Eckert rated it it was amazing
Gender Outlaws, a series of short stories written by Trans and GenderQueer individuals is an important read for those who value social justice. I am a straight male, content to be associated with my own gender, yet this book said as much to me as I suspect it says to those who lead non-traditional lives. Real, raw and powerful, Gender Outlaws helps dominant culture understand and maneuver a sub-culture that is intricate and as complex as our own.
Caitlin Conlon
Apr 25, 2016 Caitlin Conlon rated it it was amazing
This was a very well done, diverse group of works from a diverse (yet united) sampling of the trans community. This was my first foray into transgender literature & I'm really happy that this was my first taste. I went into this wanting to learn more about a group that is unfortunately very much ignored and pushed to the side in today's society & I was not disappointed. Overall, just a very incredible collection. I could hardly put it down.
Oct 15, 2014 Tera rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites, trans-lit
Overall this book was somewhat tedious but well worth the time and energy put into reading it. While I'm not a fan of reading anthologies this was far better than some of the other anthologies that I've read recently. From comics, poems, to short stories this book gives the reader a variety of literary forms to partake of while examining the bigger picture of what it means to be a gender outlaw. My most favorite essay was titled " Taking Up Space" by Kyle Lukoff. That essay alone made finishing ...more
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Kate Bornstein is a Jewish-American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist.
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