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A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
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May 17, 2012

really liked it

I've long been curious about what it's like to be a transgender person and have felt tremendous empathy for what seems like an intensely difficult and invalidating growing up / self actualization process. I can't imagine how challenging it is to have your body and all its hormonal processes be so at odds with how you genuinely feel, like you're trapped in a prison that's moving around with you wherever you go.

Kate Bornstein's life is so full of statistical improbabilities that a book about any part of her life experience would have been fascinating:

She grew up a Jewish boy in New Jersey, became a top ranking scientologist, was excommunicated, then emerged as the transgendered activist she is today.

She writes with an engaging, intimate, honest voice. I only wish she might have gone into more detail about any part of her experiences, but given how much she had to cover, I can understand why she only writes a few chapters about each part of her life. I'm impressed by her honesty and courage.
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