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With a New Afterword by the Author
In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.
“Activist Feinberg (Stone Butch Blues) here presents a sweeping history that many others have glossed over or denied: she traces transgender lives, identities, and expression from communal societies to the present day. Furthermore, she provides theoretical insight while always remaining accessible to the general reader. Feinberg argues that the current devaluation and oppression of trans peoples is inextricably linked to the emergence of hierarchical class-based societal forms and to shifts from matrilineal to patriarchal social organization. Her book really comes alive, however, through her infusion of personal narrative into the historical material. The book ultimately is Feinberg’s personal journey to find some representative place in a history that usually has denied or denigrated trans existence. Illustrated throughout, her book is finally a ‘portrait gallery’ of photographs accompanied by statements from and biographies of people representing parts of the transgender spectrum. Appendixes include lists of organizations and publications. A valuable resource for researchers and an important personal and historical account of an under-examined social group, this is recommended for both public and academic libraries.” — Library Journal
“Men and women have had their histories. This is the history book for the rest of us.” -Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw
“[Transgender Warriors] leaves us with a sense that a transgendered concept of what it is to be fully human and psychologically whole is both valid and nothing new. A brief review cannot do justice to this amazing resource, not only for our communities, but for the world.” -Patricia Roth Schwartz, Lambda Book Report
“[Transgender Warriors] does far more than document the history of transgenders. It delves into the transgender experience, inviting the reader to consider a spectrum of gender possibilities.” --Linda Gebroe, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“No book since Toni Morrison’s Beloved gives so much and holds itself so well. History becomes art, the political becomes transformative, the personal becomes universal.” -Craig Hickman, Gay Community News
“The challenge Feinberg sets forth-a complex, multisided one-is to take up the banner of feminism and extend it, stretch it, until it has room for all women.”-Rosemarie C. Sultan, Sojourner
“A ground-breaking gift to both the transgender community and the world at large.”-Rachel Reed, Synapse
“A well-written, well-researched compendium of transgender history.”-Harriet L. Schwartz, Philadelphia Gay News