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Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In the current age of gender identity and transgender awareness, many questions are coming to light for everyone. Whether brought about by media and cultural attention or personal journeys, individuals who have never heard of transgender, transsexual, or gender variant people can feel lost or confused. Information can be hard to find, and is often fragmented or biased. Mea ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Mystic Productions Press
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lee does a very complete into to gender and its many forms but concentrating on transgender. All questions seem to be answered. Well cited, glossary, and updated resources. Somewhat dry in presentation.
Sean Harding
Dec 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Really poorly written book, which had one side in mind and did not engage with the issue of transgender at all - instead it came in with an agenda and hammered you over the head with it. Enormous amount of footnotes, which mostly were not foot notes at all, but obvious statements, The author often sought to clarify obvious statements, and was over cautious about causing any one offence, so much that he does cause offence with this weakly written book. Even if you come down on one side of the dis ...more
Heather Austin
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very clear and inclusive book on gender in various forms and perspectives! This is going to go on my shelf for loaning to friends/family/beloveds who are exploring gender permutations and theory in response to someone dear to them transitioning or coming out to them. I highly recommend this book to whoever feels the need to explore, learn more, or become a better ally to trans and gender noncomforming people.
Lynn Lovegreen
Curious about gender? Have a transgender friend or relative and want to be a good ally? This is an excellent nonfiction resource about genders in general and transgender in particular. Harrington also has a good information list for trans and other people who want more details or have specific needs.

Designed for adults, but would be appropriate for teens
Amber Ervin
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A fabulous primer on the topic of Gender journeys. Filled with content that explains the basics everyone should know, Traversing Gender also takes a step forward by providing references and resources that support continuing to discover and learn. This isn't a book about how to be Trans or cis gendered, it's a book about how to be respectful of everyone's gender diversity.
Rikki Powers
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredibly thorough. I like its look at both mtf and ftm, as well as mentioning those elsewhere on the spectrum. It does a great job being honest about experiences, and brings in sources, evidence, and support. Could honestly be used as a textbook for trans/nonbinary studies. So glad I was asked if I wanted to read this.
David Fox
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Search of Identity

The release of Lee Harrington’s Traversing Gender could not be more timely as the issues surrounding these members of our community grow more prominent every day – bubbling their way up into the public consciousness. Some of this growing awareness has been the result of high profile individuals sharing their gender journey – think Caitlyn Jenner. The politics of fear has also played a dramatic role in shifting attention onto aspects of the transgender awakening. The embarras
Andrew Gills
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt, non-fiction
It is what it is: an entry level book about transgender people. If you are transgender and looking for something new, this is probably not the book for you. If you have a family member or friend who is in early transition and you are looking for a book that tells you everything a good website will, then why not read this.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
It is rare for a book to be both introductory and comprehensive, but this one is. It provides a good overview of the topic, and is written in an accessible way. I found that it didn't really tell me a lot of new stuff, but rather confirmed what I already knew, which was still useful.

The book is well-structured -- it starts by explaining the differences between sex, gender and orientation; gender behaviours and expressions; and defining terms like MtF, two-spirit, genderqueer, etc. It then discu
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So many typos!
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Lee Harrington is an internationally known sexuality, relationships, and personal authenticity educator. Having taught in all 50 states and across 6 countries, he brings a combination of playful engagement and thoughtful academic dialogue to a broad audience. An award-winning author and editor on human gender, sexual, and sacred experience, his books include “Traversing Gender: Understanding Trans ...more
“The culture were live in ripples through our daily lives, sending messages about what is considered "normal" and healthy by society.” 0 likes
“An underlying question for many people is "what kind of person do you want to be" in their new expression of gender. There is a need for more diverse expressions of "manhood" and "womanhood," "girlhood" and "boyhood" for everyone in culture. Right now there is a story that to become a man or a woman you must act, talk, walk, and dress a certain way. The belief that people of certain genders have to behave in specific ways invalidates people as a whole, trans and non-trans alike.

This becomes a call for healthy gender expressions to be modeled for all children. Parents as well as other adults need to model and encourage everyone to be their best, healthiest, self. We get to move beyond our current culture that belittles girls for pursuing intellectual passions, or boys for expressing emotions; a culture that conflates masculinity with abusive behavior, and femininity with victimhood. Examining these issues creates an opportunity to craft a world where people of any gender expression to explore everything they are passionate about, engage with their emotions, and express themselves fully; a world transformed for our children to live without abuse, regardless of our path in life.”
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