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Author Meyerowitz, Joanne J. (Joanne Jay), author.

Title How sex changed : a history of transsexuality in the United States / Joanne Meyerowitz
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2002


Description 1 online resource (363 pages)
Contents 1. Sex change -- 2. "Ex-GI becomes blonde beauty" -- 3. From sex to gender -- 4. A "fierce and demanding" drive -- 5. Sexual revolutions -- 6. The liberal moment -- 7. The next generation
Summary "How Sex Changed is a fascinating social, cultural, and medical history of transsexuality in the United States. Joanne Meyerowitz tells a powerful human story about people who had a deep and unshakable desire to transform their bodily sex. In the last century when many challenged the social categories and hierarchies of race, class, and gender, transsexuals questioned biological sex itself, the category that seemed most fundamental and fixed of all. From early twentieth-century sex experiments in Europe, to the saga of Christine Jorgensen, whose sex-change surgery made headlines in 1952, to today's growing transgender movement, Meyerowitz gives us the first serious history of transsexuality. She focuses on the stories of transsexual men and women themselves, as well as a large supporting cast of doctors, scientists, journalists, lawyers, judges, feminists, and gay liberationists, as they debated the big questions of medical ethics, nature versus nurture, self and society, and the scope of human rights."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Joanne Meyerowitz is Arthur Unobskey Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University and Co-Director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities
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Subject Transsexualism -- Europe -- History
Transsexualism -- United States -- History
Gender transition -- Europe -- History
Gender transition -- United States -- History
Gender identity.
Gender transition.
Transsexualism -- history
Gender Identity
sex role.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Human Sexuality.
SELF-HELP -- Sexual Instruction.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gender Studies.
Gender identity.
Gender transition.
Transsexualisme -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Transsexualisme -- Europe -- Histoire.
Changements de sexe -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Changements de sexe -- Europe -- Histoire.
United States
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674040960