Becoming a Visible Man

Becoming a Visible Man Review

Best Book in Transgender Studies, 2005
Winner, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS), NY
2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist


Written by a leading activist in the transgender movement, Becoming a Visible Man is an artful and compelling inquiry into the politics of gender. Jamison Green combines candid autobiography with informed analysis to offer unique insight into the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience, ranging from encounters with prejudice and strained relationships with family to the development of an FTM community and the realities of surgical sex reassignment.

For more than a decade, Green has provided educational programs on gender-variance issues for corporations, law-enforcement agencies, social-science conferences and classes, continuing legal education, religious education, and medical venues. His comprehensive knowledge of the processes and problems encountered by transgendered and transsexual people--as well as his legal advocacy work to help ensure that gender-variant people have access to the same rights and opportunities as others--enable him to explain the issues as no transsexual author has previously done.

Brimming with frank and often poignant recollections of Green's own experiences--including his childhood struggles with identity and his years as a lesbian parent prior to his sex-reassignment surgery--the book examines transsexualism as a human condition, and sex reassignment as one of the choices that some people feel compelled to make in order to manage their gender variance. Relating the FTM psyche and experience to the social and political forces at work in American society, Becoming a Visible Man also speaks consciously of universal principles that concern us all, particularly the need to live one's life honestly, openly, and passionately.

Title:Becoming a Visible Man
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • This is actually the first book I ever read about being transgender. I remember seeking it out in our library and being so self conscious about who would see me and/also what they would think of my li...

  • I found this book when I was not-quite a year into HRT, and found it very compelling. To me, it felt like Green was writing for two audiences: average folks who are not transgender who may be curious ...

  • Green does an admirable job of attempting to blend queer studies, social critique, and his own memoir, and the result is a very compelling book. I loved the more critical/academic side of the book, Gr...

  • Green is a female-to-male transgender pioneer, so I considered this required reading as I was beginning my transition. Excellent, thoughtful, historical. A very thorough treatment of all aspects of be...

  • This book was everything I was afraid it was going to be. It's written in what I could best describe as academic style with limited narrative. I have great respect for the work of Jamison Green for th...

  • I finally got around to buying and finishing this book.Overall I found the book interesting and informative. Green weaves his personal life story as a trans man together with the recent history of tra...

  • This book has a low rating from me because it was more of a how-to guide than a novel. I respect that but it was just not what I'm interested inWhat I don't respect is the author's insistence that les...

  • I came to this book to find out more about trans men, and it surpassed my hopes. If you're looking for a Trans Men 101, this book is there for you. It actually begins with a speech he typically gives ...

  • Thought-provoking memoir on a transsexual experience. Told from the perspective of a female-to-male, this work is a classic for all trans experience. The real clincher comes in the closing chapter whe...

  • Contains some of the best histories of North American (albeit US-centrit) trans history I'd found to date. Jamieson's own story only makes up about a third of the content, leaving plenty of room for a...