Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us

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Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016 - Social Science - 299 pages
"I know I'm not a man . . . and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman, either. . . . . The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other." With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. On one level, Gender Outlaw details Bornstein's transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.

Gender Outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work--one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

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Contents

Some Fashion Tips
5
Part Two Sorting Seeds 2 The Hard Part
9
Nuts and Bolts
19
Naming All the Parts
25
The Lesbian Thing
51
The Rule Book Has Been Found
55
or Who Was That Masked Man?
67
Gender Terror Gender Rage
91
First You Die and Then You Get Their Attention
121
or They Have Those Funny Staring Eyes
131
The Other Questions
145
Transsexual Lesbian Playwright Tells All
183
A Gender
213
Part Seven The Punchline
279
Acknowledgments
293
Copyright

Send in the Clowns
111

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About the author (2016)

Kate Bornstein divides their time between New York City and the Rhode Island shore. She can be seen in all episodes of Season 2 of the reality TV show I Am Cait. Their stage work includes the solo performance pieces The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, and On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. When not writing or performing, Kate can be found cuddling with Maui, following Doctor Who, prowling Twitter and Instagram, or playing pinball in their hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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