A celebration of transgender art and artists.

The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, Janice G. Raymond, Boston, Beacon Press, 1980. Raymond attacks men in general and male-to-female transsexuals in particular in this challenging and infuriating manifesto. She sees transsexualism as a harsh dramatization of all the ills of sex role stereotyping in which men “rape women’s bodies by reducing the real female form to an artifact, appropriating this body for themselves.” Her most stinging venom is reserved for transsexual lesbian feminists who, Raymond sees as patriarchal imposters in the lesbian community.

Herculine Barbin, Introduced by Michael Foucault, New York, Pantheon Books, 1980. The memoirs of a 19th Century French hermaphrodite who was raised as a female and was ruled to be a male when in his 20s are presented along with excerpts of report from the the autopsy performed after his suicide. The book also includes “A Scandal at the Convent,” a fictional account of the Barbin story written some years after his death.

Boys Will Be Girls;The Hidden World of the Heterosexual Male Transvestite, John Talamini. University Press of America, Lanham, Md., 1982. A “unified field” theory of heterosexual male transvestism in which Talamini discusses the phenomenon in an historical, sociological, and psychological context.

Female-To-Male Transsexualism: Historical, Clinical and TheoreticalÊIssues by Lothstein, Leslie, 1983, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Boston. This was the first major psychological study of almost 60 female-to-male transsexuals, including case histories and biopsychological approach to understanding transgendered females.

Second Serve, Renee Richards (with John Ames), New York, Stein and Day, 1983, Perhaps the most famous transsexual after Christine Jorgensen tells her story including the numerous setbacks in her quest to become a woman. She also tells how she decided that she must end her strict privacy and become a public symbol for other transgendered people.

The Uninvited Dilemma, K. Stuart, Lake Oswego, N.Y., Metamorphous Press, (with a separate Research Supplement available from the publisher), 1983. This book is different from the autobiographies and clinical studies on transsexuality. It represents two years of research involving carefully structured, in-depth personal interviews with 75 transsexuals, consultations with members of the medical and mental health communities, and conversations with loved ones of transsexuals.

Men In Frocks, Kris Kirk and Ed Heath, London, GMP Publishers, 1984. An illustrated survey of the various modes of British crossdressing, ranging from Army camp shows during World War II to today’s rock musicians. Dozens of crossdressers are extensively quoted telling their own stories.

Femininity, Susan Brownmiller, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1984. An examination of what it means to be a woman and to be feminine, both in today’s culture and in days past. Chapters are divided into categories such as body hair, voice, etc. The implications of each aspect are thoroughly discussed. Includes profusely cited references.

A Finer Specimen of Womanhood; A Transsexual Speaks Out, Sharon Davis, New York, Vantage, 1985. As a black woman who was once a black man, Davis offers a very different transsexual experience. Unfortunately her time in prison is a far too frequent occurrence for many who must resort to crime in order to pay for their surgery.

Lovemaps, John Money, New York, Irvington Publishers, 1986. Dr. Money coined the term lovemaps to describe the mental template that is expressed in every individual’s sexuoerotic fantasies and practices. A large portion of the book deals with paraphilias and their concomitant, distorted lovemaps. Both transvestism and transsexualism are examined in relation to their respective lovemaps.

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