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Intersex by Thea Hillman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: genders-sexualities, biography, lgbtq

I loved this book, and I love the author. Which seems the only reasonable response to such a calm, considered and candid tale of the author's life, and to her plea that we should love ourselves the way we are. Hillman - or, if I may, Thea finds herself to be a part of the intersex community, and yet she is also very much part of a global community that includes us all.

Thea recounts her life story in short chapters with single-word titles, unfolding and reflecting on a growth that wasn't linear. I found it difficult to put this book down, but kept reading one more, and one more, and one more chapter.

Anything I write here about Thea's thoughts and conclusions will sound mawkish by comparison to her words. I felt very much included, as she reflects that so few of us feel the neat fit between our biology, gender and sexuality that is expected by society.

And so I don't think she'd mind if I wish for a wider application of her wish, "for our community ... that during this very confusing and amazing time, we be gentle with ourselves, and with each other."

Amen.
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Quotes Julie Liked

Thea Hillman
“I'm tired of resisting love. Love will never be safe, but we've seen the alternative.”
Thea Hillman, Intersex

Thea Hillman
“That's my wish for our community, as it were, that during this very confusing and amazing time, we be gentle with ourselves, and with each other.”
Thea Hillman, Intersex

Thea Hillman
“We're a group of people whose misunderstanding of each other is only topped by people's misunderstanding of us.”
Thea Hillman, Intersex


Reading Progress

July 19, 2013 – Shelved
July 19, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
March 11, 2014 – Started Reading
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: genders-sexualities
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: biography
March 14, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 4, 2018 – Shelved as: lgbtq

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