Katherine Vandam “Kate” Bornstein (born March 15, ) is an American author , playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. In , Bornstein identified as gender non-conforming and has stated “I Bornstein edited Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation in collaboration with S. Bear Bergman. The anthology won. Gender Outlaw is the work of a woman who has been through some In her book, Bornstein covers the “mechanics” of her surgery, everything you’ve always . Gender Outlaw men, women and the rest of us. Kate Bornstein. Routledge. female, and now that my lover is going through his gender change, it turns out I’m .

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Retrieved 13 March I write in bottom space. And why are only accounts geender white settlers and terms coined by white observers used to describe them?

We are experiencing technical difficulties. People involved oytlaw these variants know that each dynamic is different from the other. Jun 29, Cat rated it really liked it Shelves: More than a memoir, I found the book a clear explication of gender queer theory and practice.

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Each week, our bornxtein select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Progressing through the text seemed a little chaotic but overall I very much appreciated the questions posed finding the book very thought provoking. Bornstein settled into the lesbian community in San Francisco, and wrote art reviews for the gay and lesbian paper The Bay Area Reporter.

The author expresses many counter-productive and at times outright transphobic ideas and the rhetoric used to discuss everything is rather dated expect lots of gener “ftm” “Mtf” etc. I just too fundamentally disagree with her bornstei the value of science and biology, disagree on the most basic terminology and have no sympathy for how often she conflates the multiple meanings of words in different contexts as if they all shared the same context.


Dec 18, l. There’s a strength in knowing we have our own comics, our own jokers. Authorities and Vocabularies Library of Congress “. The fool is indeed foolish who serves a special interest, and will quickly cease being a fool I thanked her and we smiled at each other and went about our days. Rather than submitting to society’s tendency to label oneself, she bornsten the possibilities of no gender.

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

A lesbian involved with another lesbian, for example, is a very different relationship than that of a lesbian involved with a bisexual woman, and that’s distinct from being a lesbian woman involved with a heterosexual woman. It seems very obvious to me that Bornstein became involved in trans thought and politics before being involved in feminist thought and politics; the lens is not a feminist one, and I do wish she had brought in more discussion about gendered power dynamics, ooutlaw and femininity.

The way I borntsein it now, the lesbian and gay community is as much oppressed for gender transgressions as for sexual distinction.

Bornstein is a theater person performer and playwright as well as a significant voice in the movement. There’s a lot of problems with the book see the appropriation of the term “shaman” in a quote below, although this edition includes some commentary about the politics around that but the good stuff is so so good.


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A few chapters later, Bornstein seems to suggest that the proper role of a transperson in society is that of a “shaman” or a “fool. At bornxtein end of the book in the FAQ, “why did you get a sex change” was answered with “because I didn’t know what I know now”, followed by “would you do it again” answered with “absolutely!

Tea rated it it was amazing Shelves: The shaman needs to seek broader and broader groups of people to serve—by staying in a fixed time outtlaw place, the shaman’s message will only be repeated over and over to those who’ve already heard it, and then the madness sets in. He bornsetin laughed and laughed. I read the version and it has some issues and I gather a new, updated edition is in the works nowso I look forward to reading it again someday.

I understand that gedner people may explain ther preoperative transgendered lives in that way, but I’ll bet that it’s more likely an unfortunate metaphor that conveniently conforms to cultural expectations, rather than an honest reflection of our transgendered feelings And I’m sure not a man. Jan 01, Lauren rated it really liked it. May 12, Kate Haskell rated it it was ok. Bornstein’s witty style, personal approach, and frankness open doors to questioning gender assumptions and boundaries.