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From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  172 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Born female yet little identified with that gender, these transgender, genderqueer, third gender, and gender variant writers offer personal insights into changing gender identity, dating, workplace issues, and more. This book shines light on those who identify as FTM (female to male) and also illuminates those whose gender is more fluid, proving that biology doesn’t contro ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Manic D Press, Inc. (first published April 1st 2004)
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I first read this book a couple of years ago, as I was just beginning to explore my gender. It was much better on the second read, and I had a tangible sense of how far I've come since then. I highly recommend it to anyone on the FTM spectrum who is looking for personal accounts from people like us; the identities explored here vary pretty widely so I hope there's something here for everyone, even if you don't identify identically. I also recommend it if you are not FTM but looking to understand ...more
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
fabulously subversive without losing humanity, a sticky problem into which much writing on gender falls. the mix of memoir, poetry, vignette, letters and essays is perfectly balanced; all together they show the complexity and richness of gender and sexuality. i think my fav was "dear breasts" which made me cry but i also loved "learning to be gay," which had me laughing outloud every few seconds. what more can anyone ask for from such an anthology on gender-- that i can both genuinely and deeply ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading the genderqueer and third gender narratives in this collection. Despite being a contributor, I found myself learning new things when I first read the other chapters in this book. Reviewers here who claim that the book is only about binary-identified people have clearly not bothered to read these narratives. In particular, I recall having found the piece about a non-binary person's decision to get chest surgery deeply moving and thought-provoking. I would encourage people to rea ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book came to me when I needed it to. It explores the lives of people who were assigned female gender at birth and how they define or don't define themselves by gender. I really enjoyed reading it. There are contributions by people of color and people of different economic classes, so that's a plus.
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very interesting to read a variety of views from the FTM/transguy/"monster" viewpoint. These were all individual essays and poems about the experiences and emotions of being transgendered and expounding all that was positive about it. Highly recommend for those exploring their own gender and that of others.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I kinda wish there was more about genderqueer/genderfluid/multigender/nonbinary/etc people, but there were definitely a lot more at the end than at the beginning. It provides a lot of insight into the radical gender community, though.
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent collection of short narratives about guys' experiences with family, with their bodies, with the world, and with themselves. It definitely addressed many of my fears, concerns, hopes, and questions when I was seriously considering transition.
Corbin Dodge
Feb 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Corbin by: amazon
This collection of stories and poetry did not keep my attention for very long. Amateur at best, the stories were limited to the very cliche story 'I am FtM and I've always felt like a man.' There is little to remark about here.
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: queer, essays
The first essay was good, and the rest all sounded the same. So much for finding worthwhile literature from the transmasculine side of things...
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some of these essays are really great and some of them are really not, much like most anthologies. It's worth it for the good ones.
Mills College Library
810.8092 F9317 2004
C.M. Crockford
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: politik
Not bad, kind of repetitive though that makes sense.
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trans
While many of the stories do blend into each other as they sound alike, there are several very strong pieces that stand out- from talking about acceptance, to being out, to discussing pronoun usage.
Interesting collection of essays that show diversity in the outlook of some within the trans/queer/gender-fluid community.
Sassafras Lowrey
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
an inclusive book that explores FTM identities and others on a MOC spectrum - a good read for anyone beginning to explore their own identity(ies)
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"Morty Diamond is a Jewish transsexual writer/ artist/ filmmaker currently living and working in Los Angeles. Morty has edited two anthologies showcasing the trans experience from the perspective of transgender writers: From the Inside Out (Manic D Press) and the forthcoming Gendered Hearts (Alyson Press). Diamond also uses performance art to make gender and trans bodies visible in public spaces. ...more
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