We spin and can’t find our way; our trails are swallowed into the uniformity of the canonical veneer slathered on the world.""But the body is the site where history carves its memory." "We cannot possibly avoid treating others as objects so long as we refer to our own selves, or anything, as essential.""We have all been to the same general school of our civilization.
If our anxieties and others’ intolerances are not natural but learned, they can be unlearned.""Metaphysical is not the opposite of physical." "The search for two real human sexes—Male and Female—has been misguided."This is an excellent book and well worth the read, not just for those interested in transgender issues, but for anyone brave enough to question the underpinnings of some of our most basic suppositions on human relationships.
If at times this book feels a little bit too academic for you, hang in there.
The last chapter is an especially sublimely raw and personal account of one human sexuality, something that is just as unique and just as beautiful as each and every one of us is.
After years of intimate discussions with friends and lovers about the unique issues confronting trans women and their partners, he was frustrated by the muddled state of the discourse and convinced that philosophy could contribute to its clarification.
He believes that if the complexities of contemporary sex, gender, and sexuality are unpacked through philosophical reflection and discussion, trans people will suffer less as victims of society’s misunderstanding and its ensuing wrong-headed legislation and institutional hostility.
And while this all sounds heavy, Trans Am is also very entertaining and well written book. Having read this book, I found it to be an invaluable resource for straight cis men to be enlighten in the intricacies and complexities of dating transgender women.
While the tone tends to be very academic, I personally was enthralled by his insights and of his personal journey.
However, the central pillar of the book consists of the author's brave elucidation of "transamory" thereby tearing down the world of interpretations of how sex should be and what it should look like .Definitely recommend this to all who are interested on this fascinating topic.Trans*Am opened my eyes to a new perspective and helped me better understand these complex relationships.He does shatter stereotypes within straight men's own sexual desires and this book was freeing for breaking down such stigma.I have already recommended this to my straight male friends and hope it sheds light and understanding in their own journey in grappling this reality and maybe they will be awaken to lead their more authentic lives in general.