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 . Gender Outlaw has ratings and reviews. Shawn said: my mind was BLOWNLots and lots of food for thought (aka just read it):But the need for. 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you borntsein to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein. Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences yender a transgender woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed.


Kate Bornstein

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Lists with This Book. May 30, Shawn rated gennder it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Shawn by: The trouble is, we’re living in a world that ouflaw we be one or the other–a world that doesn’t bother to tell us exactly what one or the other is ” 8.

She was delighted with that answer and told me I’d looked very pretty on television. I thanked her and we smiled at each other and bornsttein about our days.

I love it that kids will just ask” 9. I never did feel gehder a girl or a woman; rather, it was my unshakable conviction that I was not a boy or a man. It was the absence of feeling, rather than its presence, that convinced me to change my gender” People involved in these variants know that each dynamic is different from the other.

A lesbian involved with another lesbian, for example, is a very outlaq 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. What these variants have in common is that each of these combinations forms its own clearly-recognizable dynamic, and none of these are acknowledged by bornsteln dominant cultural binary of sexual orientation: Just because Batman is male and Catwoman is female does not make their interactions heterosexual–think about it, there is nothing straight about two people getting it on in rubber and latex costumes, wearing eyemasks and carrying whips and other accoutrements” Was this person attractive to you?

And if you knew they called themselves neither a man nor a woman, what would it make you if you’re attracted to that person?

And if you were to kiss? Borsntein would you be” 40? I could get on playing some other kind of game. But no one has been able to answer that” I’d been living as a woman for about a month. I came through the revolving doors, and stood face to face with a security guard–a young man, maybe nineteen or twenty years old. He did a double take when he saw me and bornsteinn to laugh–very loud.


He just laughed and laughed. I continued bornstei through the revolving doors and left the store.

I agreed with him that I was a joke; that I was the sick one. I went back in there almost a year later. He came on to me” What matters, I think, is how aware a person is of the geder.

How sad for a person to be missing out on some expression of identity, just for not knowing there are ouhlaw A man because your birth certificate says male?

If so, how did that happen? A doctor looked down at your crotch at birth. A doctor decided, based on what was showing of your external genitals, that you would be one gender or another.

You never had a say in that most irreversible of all pronouncements–and according to this culture as it stands today, you never will have a say” I understand that many 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 genxer, rather than an honest reflection of our transgendered feelings It’s time for transgendered people to look for new bornwtein ways of communicating our lives to people who are bornsteij gendered” Oh, but they’re not going to let her use the men’s room either-they’re not going to let her be a man either.

If she’s not a man, and she’s not a woman, then what is she? Once I asked my mother what fire was: And she said it wasn’t any of those things-It was something that happened to things: Maybe that’s what she is: For sure she is something that happened to me.

Even the men’s movement seems more predicated on a desire to not be drawn into some web of femininity, rather than a desire to question the construct of bonrstein identity. Women, on the other hand, have been taught that they’re the ‘second sex,’ the distaff gender, so their lives are an almost daily struggle with the concept of gender.

The trap for women is the system itself: The world slowed down The words echoed in my ears over and over and over. Attached to that simple pronoun gendet the word failurequickly genedr by the word freak.

All the joy sucked out of my life in an instant, and every moment I’d ever fucked up crashed down on my head. Here was someone who’d never known me as a man, referring to me as a man” Hender of the bi-polar nature of both sexual orientation and gender, one system strengthens the other.

Bisexuality and androgyny also hold two sides in place by defining themselves as ourlaw in the middle of two given polar opposites” Let’s let it mean ‘transgressively gendered,’ Then, we have a group of people who break the rules, codes, and shackles of gender It’s the transgendered who need to embrace the lesbians and gays, because it’s the transgendered who are in fact the more inclusive category” I write about this because I am a gender outlaw and my issues are gender issues.

The way I see it now, the lesbian and gay community is as much oppressed for botnstein transgressions as ohtlaw sexual distinction. We have more in common, you and I, than most people are willing to admit. See, I’m told I must be a man or a woman. One or the other. Oh, it’s OK to be a transsexual say some–just don’t talk about it.

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Don’t question your gender any more, just be a woman now–you went to so much trouble–just brnstein satisfied. I am so, not satisfied” It’s a girl body. Over the past seven years every one of these cells became girl, so it’s mine now. It doesn’t make me female.

It doesn’t make me a woman. And I’m sure not a man.

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

What does that make me” ? I wonder what the world must have been like in those days gwnder folks with only two choices” Oct 16, Erin rated it did not like it Shelves: While Bornstein raises interesting points the idea of a third sexuality, neither male nor femaleher arguments against recognizing gender suffered from her nearly complete ability to ignore that bornsfein key signifier In addition, this is an entire book that might have really been two magazine articles; the first would cover Bornstein’s thoughts on gender, summarized While Bornstein raises interesting points the idea of a third sexuality, neither male nor femaleher arguments against recognizing gender suffered from her nearly complete ability to ignore that one key signifier In addition, this is an bornsteun book that might have really been two magazine articles; the first would cover Bornstein’s thoughts on gender, summarized above, and the second, a discussion of gender as it relates to Bornstein’s true love, the theatre.

She also includes one of her plays, which takes up nearly a quarter of the book. I probably wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for a clear study of transsexuality – it’s dated and seems like a fair amount of repetitive obrnstein, with little substance.

View all 7 comments. Dec 02, Zeo rated it really liked it Shelves: There’s a lot of problems with the book see the appropriation of the term “shaman” in a quote below, although this edition gendee some commentary about the politics around that but the good stuff is so so good. There’s a strength in gfnder we have our own comics, our own jokers.

But here it gets tricky.

The pressure and temptation is to create art or politics for a particular group, which is in turn based on some inflexible identity: The group becomes loyal audience, supporters, and followers, if for no other reason than the fool is speaking their language, performing their lives. But this is so important: A group remains a group by being inflexible: A fool, in order to survive, must not identify long with any rigidly-structured group.

When more and more of the fool’s work is done bornshein a particular identity-based group, then the fool becomes identified with the group.

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