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Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  39 reviews
It is only recently that transgenderism has been accepted as a disorder for which treatment is available. In the 1990s, a political movement of transgender activism coalesced to campaign for transgender rights. Considerable social, political and legal changes are occurring in response and there is increasing acceptance by governments and many other organisations and actors ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published April 16th 2014 by Routledge (first published October 11th 2013)
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Sarah
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazingly insightful, thought provoking,and important book. I guarantee that at least 98% of the people who review this work as one star never even bothered to read it; they're only sharing a knee-jerk reaction. Ultimately, however, whether one agrees or disagrees with Jeffrey's analysis, the book remains an invaluable addition to the ongoing debate of this timely topic.
Lady Seconal
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very enlightening. Sad to see that Womyn's Only spaces are becoming a thing of the past because of men's feelings. Personally, I could give a crap about them.
Julio
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was an incredibly insightful and informative book.

I really enjoyed reading it.

I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn about gender and why it is harmful.
Gwen
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender-issues
"Once something is seen, it can never be unseen." That pretty much sums up this book. It's unbelievable that this crap is still published in this day and age. The author is clearly transphobic; she didn't base her book on the experience of actual transgender people; her book is only about her opinion that trans people are delusional and sick and are somehow conspiring with the patriarchy to oppress women (a theory which boggles the mind).

It's an old and ignorant theory that goes back to the hide
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Rain
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Worth reading. A good overview of the social consequences of transgenderism.
Angus Stirling
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Friendship ended with post-modern/liberal feminism, now radical feminism is my best friend.
Adina
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Again another champion of prejudice and bigotry is given a platform to broadcast their personal axes to grind. Jeffreys is a strong adherent to Janice Raymond, whose research and writings have been shown to be bias given legitimacy via academia. Consistent denigration, by use of improper pronouns shows how the author considers the members of the transgender community as sub-human. Her use of the term transgender as a noun and verb, it is an adjective by the way, is offensive to me and just about ...more
Jackie
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was a pretty good feminist analysis of transgenderism but I did take issue with a few things. Namely, I had a problem with the repeated use of the term "transgenders" and the use of "transgendering" as a verb, but I think this may be a generational gap; still, I find a word like "transgenders" has a note of disgust in it, and I don't think that's the way to approach a critical analysis of transness. I think the feminist thing to do is to show sympathy towards females with sex dysphoria, ...more
Joyce
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you don't know what you think about this subject, read this book. If you do know what you think on this subject, read this book. If you are a psychiatrist, endocrinologist, feminist, liberal, conservative or parent, read this book. It can be kind of hard to get through, what with all the terminology, but it is, if nothing else, an interesting perspective, and it may give you something, that you hadn't thought of, to think about.
Rachel Reed
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book provides a comprehensive history and critical analysis of gender ideology. So important at a time when intellectual debate about these issues is being systematically suppressed. The concept of 'gender' is a tool of oppression - the only thing changing is how it is used.
Morgan M. Page
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is awful - but it gets one, solitary star because it mentions me by name (unflatteringly, of course). Like, Jeffreys - why are you so obsessed with me?
C.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctorat, 2016, feminism
One of her stronger books. Excellent stuff.
6655321
This book was published not on merit but on the fact that Sheila Jeffreys is a pathological liar with a tendency for inflammatory rhetoric and i almost regret writing this review because it is giving some modicum of attention to her. Just a reminder: the list price of this book is 145 dollars hardcover of 52 dollars soft cover. Here are some highlights:
* She cites herself, a lot, over 50 times by my count.
* She repeatedly misrepresents sources. This is accomplished in 2 really fun and exciting w
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Tara Calaby
Jeffreys is often no-platformed these days, which is a growing practice in liberal circles that I find concerning. It is important that both activists and academics engage with theories and arguments that contradict their own opinions. After all, if you are right, you have nothing to fear from intellectual engagement with contrary thought.

I think this book suffers a little from repetition, however, and I wish that there had been more discussion of the impact of MTF inclusion within lesbian comm
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Marie
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As every time I read Sheila Jeffreys, I have more material to think the origins, reasons, reach and dismantlement of gender ideology. I disagree with her, however, in the promotion of same sex attraction as resistance and in the conception of essence as merely the "soul" or "the mind", a reason why, she argues, a feminine existence does not exist. Although there can't be any mismatch of soul and body, differences do exist in the way women and men relate to their own bodies and, in consequence, i ...more
sanczny
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is vile. The authors misgender transgender people throughout the book, quote the t-slur, give detailed account of the supposed smell of trans women's vaginas. Full of flawed logic, double standards and cissexism. Awful read.
Greggles Sn
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book.

Probably not the author's intention, but it really helped solidify my transgender identity. I am male, transgender and use the 'he' pronoun.

I don't agree with her conflation of transgender with transsexual. I see transgender as an umbrella term which can be applied to anyone who diverges from traditional gender roles. I see transsexual as meaning 'having medical intervention in order to alter biological characteristics to those of the opposite sex'.

So transgender can be
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X
Well, this was... interesting. Some good points were made. At other times the author used less-than-great arguments to make her point. For example "transition harms transgender people because their families reject them." Erm... that's the fault of their families, not trans people's fault for transitioning. At other points she quotes some pretty ableist ideas as support for her arguments. For example, she quotes a woman with a crossdressing husband who compares the discovery of her husband's cros ...more
jjonas
3.5 stars.

A necessary point of view to the transgender rights debate that is not so often heard. Now I think the case made in this book is too radical for my taste, and at times it's perhaps more alarmist than I think is necessary, all things considered — for example, I would have liked to see more stats and not just individual horror cases (real, to be sure) and inferences from those cases. If those stats don't exist, fair enough, it doesn't mean she doesn't have a point, but it just means that
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Cecil
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disclosure: I am transgender. I first encountered this book in my late teens, and attempted to read it (prior to coming out/transitioning) to un-trans myself, or at least, to help contextualize why I felt the way I did. Even then, it was a bit much for me. I later picked it back up out of morbid curiosity.

Jeffreys book is an attempt to build off of the work of Janice Raymond's "The Transsexual Empire," the original trans-exclusionary radical feminist manifesto. As much as I hate to say it, Raym
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Eavan
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't find this book as interesting as I thought I was going to. It kept being recommended by radical feminists online and I went through a fair amount of work to borrow a hard copy -- had to go through ILL because there are no copies available anywhere in Portland, in bookstores or libraries. I appreciated the historical background on feminist, lesbian, and transgender organizing, but a lot of the more contemporary observations she made were things I'd already read extensively online from ot ...more
Kat Robinson
I'm quite iffy on this book... basically how I feel about this book is how I feel about how radfems and trans politics.

We need to discuss these things critically. Definitely, however how we go about it is even more important.

I wonder how hard it would have been for Jeffries to not call transwomen men? or transmen women? whether you agree with people being trans or not have some bloody respect. It's not so much a political thing, its just plain polite.

it's been a while since I read this book. whi
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vi macdonald
Holy shit?! This is...terrifying(?)!
This was published in 2013 and draws heavily from the well of Janice Raymonds (also horrific)Transexual Empire, which has been largely (and fucking rightly) discredited for decades by now.

TERFs, dude, they're scary and still clearly going strong to this day.
Yikes, and then some.
John
Feb 05, 2016 added it
confusion amplified
generalizing---
argument---

need to update sourced research older than three decades ago....
Evie
Sep 02, 2018 added it
Vile, trans hating drivel without substance.
JVN
Sep 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
read front to back as terf-ism.
Josephine (biblioseph)
Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: to-not-read
Bad. So bad. Not at all what we need in the age of the AHCA!!!
Louise Pennington
Whilst there is much to commend this book in addressing the political implications and regressive policies surrounding the socially constructed of transgender, it suffers from poor writing and not enough in engagement with primary sources. The text is deeply repetitive with the same statement appearing multiple times - even in the same paragraph. The use of 'conclusion' to separate text sections is precisely the type of writing undergraduate students are told to avoid. Frequently the final sente ...more
Anne Marie Gauci
A very good book about the harsh realities of transgenderism, which the trans movement and all those who support the trans ideology refrain to talk about. So many people are effected by transgenderism including those who detransition and have to live with permanent changes on their bodies, the partners and spouses of those who identify as transgender and women who are suffering a lot through the lack of women's spaces as they became also spaces for trans identified men.

This book should be includ
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Grace
Dec 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Had to read this for an essay. To pretend for a minute it isn't incredibly offensive, the arguments in here don't even make sense. For anyone who disagrees please look up actual statistics for violence perpetrated by and against trans women. The idea of cis women being under threat is so far from the truth. The arguments are weak and half-formed to fit into a very narrow perspective. To state that women are the ones most harmed when a person transitions means nothing, it is intended to rile up t ...more
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Sheila Jeffreys writes and teaches in the areas of sexual politics, international gender politics, and lesbian and gay politics. She has written six books on the history and politics of sexuality. Originally from the UK, Sheila moved to Melbourne in 1991 to take up a position at the University of Melbourne. She has been actively involved in feminist and lesbian feminist politics, particularly arou ...more

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