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Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,456 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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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Cameron Sant
Thoughts that are not really a review: This book was written in 2010, which was before I was out as trans. When it comes to trans things, seven years simultaneously seems very recent and a long time ago. I find that when I look at trans history, lots of things seems the same (discrimination, struggles with documentation, violence, bathrooms, in-community fighting over terminology) but other things change rapidly... namely, terminology. The 2010 terminology is mostly the same, but there are a few ...more
Monika
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-cis-authors
This is a fierce collection. Some of these authors take back slurs, such as sh*m*le and tr**ny. 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.
Jean Roberta
Mar 10, 2011 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
Kaarna
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
Sarah
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I love anthologies because they're kind of like internet content - wide sample, varied voice and perspective, if you like something you can dig up more by the author, if you don't like something that's okay because it only lasts a few more pages. Kate Bornstein is obviously a saint whomst we stan, but I am growing to understand that her co-editor, S Bear Bergman is not someone with whose work I vibe endlessly. I have not yet read Gender Outlaw (Bornstein) which I imagine would frame this book a ...more
Trisha
Dec 06, 2010 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
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Betty
Jan 25, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2016, short-pieces
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 t
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Morgan Dhu
Mar 28, 2014 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
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Keshia
Jul 21, 2013 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
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Melissa Jacobson
Actual rating 4.75

This. Was. GREAT. This was a brilliant and fantastic collection of poems, comics, short stories, and q&a's covering the world of trans and queer individuals. The rawness of so many of these stories helped me to better empathize with the struggle of the trans/genderqueer communities. And while these were all well written and thought provoking there were a few that didn't stand out to me so I couldn't give this one a full five stars but I was very close. I highly highly recommen
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Vicki
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
Bryan
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s always tough rating anthologies, but this one I can honestly say that I found every entry interesting and engaging. Obviously I enjoyed more than others and I’d totally like to share a couple I thought were just awesome.

Telyn’s Vegan Curry
Made it today and it is awesome!

The Big Reveal
I must of read this one at least 6 times before moving on. Sherilyn Connelly really knows how to tell a story. I’d love to hear an audio telling of this from the author.

She-Male Rising
Another entry that was SO
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Dee
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed some pieces (especially "Cisgender Privilege: On the Privileges of Performing Normative Gender" by Evin Taylor and "transcension" by Katie Diamond and Johnny Blazes); others, not as much. Still, I appreciate this work and its place in the trans literary canon.

"While I understand sex and gender as socially constructed labels, I also understand that these labels are made real by their enforcement in dominant culture." p. 33 (from "Trans-Corporation: A benefit analysis of a transgender man
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Armagan Kilci
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A variety of texts on transgender experience, mainly narrated from a 1st person perspective. Texts are empowering and more or less healing. Some articles are more enjoyable to read. The book is informative for anyone, both within and without the queer community.
Kathrin
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The sheer diversity of life stories is amazing to me. On top of it, the book is a collection of many different genres, which makes it even more interesting. This is really going push to the reader to expand their horizons.
Hayden Ose
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Required reading for a class I took. Very interesting! Lots of interesting stories and perspectives.
Monica
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an important collection of narratives that disrupts the binary at every turn!
Jessica
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am giving this a five because it encouraged me to think about gender and gender identities in a number of new ways, and also because it is an unusually well-curated collection of this type.
Kathleen
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has so many stories and perspectives while still maintaining the theme. I appreciated the authors taking me into their worlds and I learned so much!
Kody Keckler
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
9 years made a hell of a difference in regards to trans politics and experiences, but this book was a wonderful snapshot of trans lives in 2010. It was remarkably good at showing depths of conversations and multiple viewpoints, while giving voices to a myriad of identities and experiences. A compelling and very thoughtful read!
Akemi G.
Nov 09, 2016 marked it as checked
Shelves: lgbtq
I picked up this book thinking it would educate me of the experiences of transgenders. What I got was piles of screams of how they don't fit in--often in a strangely proud voice. After a while, I wasn't even sure if they wanted to be understood. It probably feels good to be outlaws, to get together as social minorities--and explaining things in a way non-trans can understand would deprive them of this curious joy.

(I remember some gay people were once this way. Really, I remember a guy who was a
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Alaine
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
My rating is based on being a person who's in reading as a form of self-care. It's something I do for myself in my free time to help me relax and recharge. I have wrist tendinitis and it's aggravated by reading. I am doling out precious spoons here. So when I'm reading a collection of personal stories, it's not enough that the content be interesting or enlightening; I want to see great writing too. And it's not there. I'm reading through story after story and thinking "Okay, this person is obvio ...more
Elizabeth
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant reflections, which are of course mixed in with some pretty-good essays. Gender Outlaws is a hipper, queerer take on the heartfelt "gender is a spectrum" essays we've read in the New York Times... not just a discussion of gender complexity, but a joyful and thoughtful and angry and loving celebration of why gender diversity is so damn cool.

It's easy to read in ten minute chunks, which is about the attention span I have available lately. Go ahead and skip the introduction and interludes
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Kim Anderson
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wish that I had been able to discern who the desired reader was. The information wasn't basic enough to use as introductory material for a reader interested in gender studies, but the collection also wasn't advanced enough to properly create a forum for discussion for those with a substantial base in the subject matter. On the upside, it was nice for the authors to have a place to share their voices, and some of the essays were quite interesting.
Beth
Sep 20, 2010 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. :)
Samuel Peterson
Mar 29, 2016 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.
Sassafras Lowrey
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to have a story included in this amazing collection!
Nailya
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was quite an illuminating book, which made me think about some issues I had not considered before, such as experienced of pregnancy for trans and genderqueer people, the corporate context of transition and the effect it has on power balances, the racialised aspects of choosing new names and experiences and perceptions of transgender drag performers. My favourite segment probably was the proposition that we should focus on people's lived experiences, rather than identities, when it comes to 'i ...more
Andy Oram
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gender
Mind-bending--sometimes causing heartache because of the book's depiction of joy or violence, and sometimes because of its searing poetry. This should not be the first book you read about transgender and non-binary experiences. You should have explored other authors' biographies or sociological descriptions, more factual and more attuned to the common consensus, before taking a wild trip with this book. Imagine, for instance, a person identified as female at birth who comes out later as male--an ...more
Rowan Hampton
Rating anthologies like this is tough, since there are so many voices, topics, and even mediums within that you have to step back and rate the book on a whole rather than the sum of its parts. Every anthology (or at least that I’ve read so far) has high and low points, but boy did this book have some of the highest peaks and lowest dips. There were times when this book made me want to cry with joy, and times where I wanted to scream and throw the book across the room. So how do you rate that?

Wel
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