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In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole. Serano's well-honed arguments and reputation as a thought-leader stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire. In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.
A classmate recently remarked "That was so long ago I can't remember if I ever had a childhood." Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear the 1950's when the big entertainment was at the State Theater, featuring "Ma and Pa Kettle" and "Francis the Talking Mule." This is the true story of life in small town America, one kid's experience of growing up in a large Irish Catholic family of 10 kids with all the required ritualistic Catholic ceremonies. Formal schooling started for this youngster with a 3-year stretch in the joint at St. Aloysius Military Academy, marching to the tune of some of the sweetest old ladies dressed in black. Followed by those exciting days at St. Teresa's, run by two of the toughest Sisters of Charity in the system, Sister Mary Raphael, a.k.a. "Bucky Beaver," the principal, and her sidekick, Sister Augustine, up against Woody and his fun loving instigator pal. It is a fast moving and funny story of numerous mishaps by a carefree fifty's kid. A kid who accidentally freezes his spirited horse, "Shorty", gets canned as an altar boy after one long week, becomes a young entrepreneur selling dirt. There are stories about camping out, Boy Scouts, BB guns, Irish Nannies, Nuns in charge, ringing the holy fire bell at St. Teresa's. Then there is a description of what life was like before McDonald's. There is never a dull moment. It's a childhood autobiography filled with memorable surprises. Learn, as I did, everything you'll ever need to know about f growing up from Woody, the street-smart Italian kid that somehow knew how life really worked. Woody was a true "biker" from the 4th grade on. Enjoy reliving the tranquil 1950's with someone that still remembers being there.
Using the methodologies and insights of queer theory, narrative theory and analytic philosophy, Sexual Deceit helps us to understand the issues of passing and to evaluate it from a moral point of view. Noting the importance of time and place in discussing this issue, Kelby Harrison combines the insights, key concepts, and important arguments in both traditional philosophy and queer theory in developing an ethical theory called “Gayness as Practical Identity.”
My name is Alexander and I am an Elite Assassin for an organization called The Guard. I was taken, trained and conditioned to be everything that they needed from me and as a reward I received a Gift. My name is Allyanna and I am that Gift. I was taken from my family and used by The Guard to keep Alexander in line, I am their insurance, their leash, and their whipping girl.
Women in Victorian England wore jewelry made from each other's hair and wrote poems celebrating decades of friendship. They pored over magazines that described the dangerous pleasures of corporal punishment. A few had sexual relationships with each other, exchanged rings and vows, willed each other property, and lived together in long-term partnerships described as marriages. But, as Sharon Marcus shows, these women were not seen as gender outlaws. Their desires were fanned by consumer culture, and their friendships and unions were accepted and even encouraged by family, society, and church. Far from being sexless angels defined only by male desires, Victorian women openly enjoyed looking at and even dominating other women. Their friendships helped realize the ideal of companionate love between men and women celebrated by novels, and their unions influenced politicians and social thinkers to reform marriage law. Through a close examination of literature, memoirs, letters, domestic magazines, and political debates, Marcus reveals how relationships between women were a crucial component of femininity. Deeply researched, powerfully argued, and filled with original readings of familiar and surprising sources, Between Women overturns everything we thought we knew about Victorian women and the history of marriage and family life. It offers a new paradigm for theorizing gender and sexuality--not just in the Victorian period, but in our own.
My name is Gemini, and my life is a bloody mess. I almost kill my mother; my overbearing father exiles me out of the nest; one of my sisters wants to neuter me so stupidity doesnt breed; my dead grandmother wants me to complete stupid missions for her, and a witch thinks Im an arrogant and rude dragon, so she turns me human. Then I get captured by guards from a kingdom notorious for being cruel to males, and they make me their slave for three years. Their queen decides shes had enough of my sarcastic idiocy and sells me to a neighboring kingdom where I get stuck in a new dungeon: kinghood. Apparently I make enemies wherever I go. I have dragon slayers poaching in my kingdom and my armys commander desperately wanting to kill me so he could be king. All I want is to find a way to break my curse and get my scales back . . . and for my father to stop treating me like a hatchling. Is that too much to ask for?
For the first time in trade paperback: the fifth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave? four unsolved murders?it doesn?t take an expert to realize that all is not well. But luckily for the locals, Anita Blake is an expert in the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked. And she?s got an ?in? with the creature that can make sense of the slayings??the sexy master vampire known as Jean-Claude.