Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism
Common sense has dictated that there are two genders–female and male. But this perspective is becoming less accepted and making less sense for many people. Pat Califia’s Sex Changes is a frank, forthright, and sometimes funny challenge to the traditional ideas about gender and sexuality. Transgenderism is the term used to describe people who feel they belong to both, or neither, traditional genders. Califia–a vocal sex radical as well as a therapist–explores the worlds of biology, sociology, psychology, and politics and comes to the conclusion that life and personal experience is far more complicated than most people believe and that the simple two-gender system most people accept is more harmful that helpful. Clear-headed writing and enormous empathy for everyone who exists outside of “the norm” make Sex Changes challenging and vital reading.