Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude

Normal Transsexual CEOs Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitude Amy Bloom has won a devoted readership and wide critical acclaim for fiction of rare humor insight grace and eloquence and the same qualities distinguish Normal a provocative intimate journey in

  • Title: Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude
  • Author: Amy Bloom Sigrid Estrada J.K. Lambert Allison Saltzman
  • ISBN: 9781400032440
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amy Bloom has won a devoted readership and wide critical acclaim for fiction of rare humor, insight, grace, and eloquence, and the same qualities distinguish Normal, a provocative, intimate journey into the lives of people who reveal, or announce, that their gender is variegated rather than monochromatic female to male transsexuals, heterosexual crossdressers, and the inAmy Bloom has won a devoted readership and wide critical acclaim for fiction of rare humor, insight, grace, and eloquence, and the same qualities distinguish Normal, a provocative, intimate journey into the lives of people who reveal, or announce, that their gender is variegated rather than monochromatic female to male transsexuals, heterosexual crossdressers, and the intersexed We meet Lyle Monelle and his mother, Jessie, who recognized early on that her little girl was in fact a boy and used her life savings to help Lyle make the transition On a Carnival cruise with a group of crossdressers and their spouses, we meet Peggy Rudd and her husband, Melanie, who devote themselves to the cause of ordinary heterosexual men with an additional feminine dimension And we meet Hale Hawbecker, a regular, middle of the road, white bread guy with a wife, kids, and a medical condition, the standard treatment for which would have changed his life and his gender Casting light into the dusty corners of our assumptions about sex, gender and identity, Bloom reveals new facets to the ideas of happiness, personality and character, even as she brilliantly illuminates the very concept of normal.

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    1. I liked that Amy Bloom informed through the use of mainly personal stories and interviews. Bloom doesn't overwhelm the reader with facts or scientific jargon, but rather, makes incredibly complicated issues seem, well, "normal." Her style of writing was accessible and easy to read, yet interesting and intriguing. It helped that the book was manageable in size (around 130 pages) and she doesn't waste time belaboring points or reiterating main ideas. By far, what I enjoyed most is that Bloom made [...]

    2. I had forgotten about this book. This was one of the books that helped me realize I was trans when I was sixteen. Looking back, it's not a great book from the perspective I have gained since then, but it was an important book for me to read at the time. If you are unfamiliar with or struggle with understanding the things trans men, male cross-dressers, or intersex people deal with, it's not the worst start.

    3. There were a lot of passages that had me ready to give this book up, but this was the one that finally did me in:"So you're the writer. Well, I'd say you pass pretty well," Felicity tells me. I smile pleasantly, as if I am not offended, as if I didn't think he intended to offend me. "Well," he says heartily, and then clears his throat twice and stares at my silk pants. "You gals just get to crossdress all the time and no one says boo." He sounds furious that life is so easy for me and so hard fo [...]

    4. Like many of the comments note, this book isn't going to do much for you if you are already well versed/entrenched in the topic of gender queerness. However, not everyone is so lucky, and I picked this up knowing that Bloom is a good writer and that she is approaching the topic as many family members and co-workers are -- from a straight and "othered" prospective. With that prospective, I think Bloom offers a great introduction to the topics of being transgender (one story of a trans male (FTM), [...]

    5. For such an interesting topic (it's all in the title), I felt that the author was afraid of really delving deep to portray these people as three dimensional. She kept a little distance, and sometimes seemed a little judgmental.

    6. Having read all of Amy Bloom's fiction, and counting her as one of my favourite writers, it was interesting to read these essays (about interviews she conducted), which explore the myriad definitions of gender. Most fascinating was the long discussion on heterosexual cross-dressers, a sub-group who bother almost everyone - "Gay people regard them with disdain or affectionate incomprehension, transsexuals regards them as men "settling" for cross-dressing because they don't have the courage to act [...]

    7. Very insightful book. As I don't have much first-hand knowledge of this world, this book brought me closer to understanding the issues/fears/experiences of this community. I was left feeling a little confused about the crossdressing community - as it seems Bloom was as well. Would love to read an autobiography of someone in that community to help shed more light there.

    8. "People who reveal, or announce, that their gender is variegated, rather than monochromatic or plainly colored in the current custom, have always presented difficulties. Not only is our society distressed by masculine women, feminine men, and the androgynous; even the big man who embroiders, or the wife and mother of three who has a black belt in tae kwon do, a buzz cut, and no makeup in her gym bag, stirs a frisson of discomfort I sometimes think that our culture is like the Church in the days [...]

    9. "Isn't there anything you've wondered about and never understood?" Amy Bloom responded to her editor's question with this series of essays that explore the experiences of female to male transsexuals (FTMs), heterosexual male cross dressers, and people who are intersex. If you pick up "Normal" already believing that FTMs are truly men, then you'll have the interesting experience of witnessing Bloom, who doesn't seem to have been very well acquainted with queer communities before writing this book [...]

    10. I picked up this book from the library after finding out that a man I know enjoys crossdressing as a woman, hoping to find more information about the phenomenon. The book includes three sections, one on female-to-male transsexuals, one on heterosexual male crossdressers, and one on intersex people. I'd read a lot about the latter already, so Bloom's information and insights weren't so "ah-ha" for me. The transsexual section was of the most interest, although it focused more on the surgical detai [...]

    11. I found this informative but not encyclopedic, academic without being dry and all in all, very charming. As someone with an interest in intersex, transexual and transgender issues but without any formal academic study on the subjects, I found this an approachable and personable approach to getting started on the subject. Although Amy Bloom was already one of my favourite writers, I came to this book of case studies after reading Middlesex, the 2002 novel by Jeffrey Eugenides about Cal, an inters [...]

    12. Three separate but semi-related reports which seem a bit dated in 2015. Too much surgical detail in the first essay for meacted from the much more important and interesting psychological aspects of transitioning. Second essay dealing with straight cross-dressers led me to explore the Tri-ess website for more recent updates on their activities. Lastly, the chapter on intersexed persons was probably ground-breaking in its attitudes and approach to assist cis and uninformed folks in 2002 to think a [...]

    13. A lot of the book feels like "these people exist!" Although i don't know if that's just because of my position. The three sections are meant to be essays for an American newspaper, read by the uninformed on this topic, but the sections go into quite some detail about surgeries, which deters me from recommending this for someone looking to gift it to someone to try to get thing to change their views.The cross dressing section was interesting for me, they are a whole umbrella unto themselves, and [...]

    14. Amy Bloom's "Normal" is, on the surface, a very thought-provoking book about transsexuals, cross dressers, and the intersexed. But that is only the surface. I have struggled with the term "normal" for many years over a range of issues and behaviors. What is it? Moreover. who gets to define it and why? I feel that is the underlying theme of the book. "Normal" is not intended to be a textbook or present the results of an extensive study of a defined range of "abnormal" sexuality or gender-issues. [...]

    15. Some of my favorite lines from this book:'[U]nhappiness teaches us something about happiness and loss teaches us something about what we have. . .And all these people became, not the transsexuals, the crossdressers, the intersexed, but Michael and Luis, Dixie and Rebecca, Cheryl and Hale. People. People with stories and wishes and good luck and bad, and as much as their stories are filled with intriguing details and terrible ones, with really funny, and really awful, encounters with the world, t [...]

    16. A non-fiction book by Amy Bloom, author, practicing psychotherapist who teaches at Yale. She is one of my favorite fiction writers. This book published in 2002 is a fascinating read. Treats the subject of people born into the wrong bodies with respect. There are tales of the love and support of their families, as well as the financial sacrifices made by families to help their children afford sex-change surgery. The sections on understanding hermaphrodites was also enlightening. My criticism is t [...]

    17. Sigh. I love Amy Bloom's fiction so much. And the writing is good in this, the politics are pretty sound n all, but it just didn't really move me. I think if you've never thought about transgender people AS people, this could really blow your mind. She's a compassionate, critical and open thinker. And she speaks to some great folks.But, apart from the stuff about middle-american crossdressers and their wives, (who were a bit sad really) I had thought about the people Bloom interviews. So it kind [...]

    18. This is a great book for anyone interested in gender studies, sexual politics, or just really great storytelling. Bloom writes about her subjects without a trace of condescension, and the result is a collection of essays that are smart, funny, insightful and, most of all, humane. Because of Normal, I had high hopes for Bloom's short-story collections. I was altogether underwhelmed by those, but Normal remains one of my most-recommended gender-studies books.

    19. This book is great for those of us who can not understand human sexuality. By understanding it, I mean by accepting that everyone is different and that it is ok to be different. This book does a great job of giving the reader more than enough details to understand homosexuals, transsexuals and cross dressers. It helps us see that some people are born this way and there is absolutely nothing you can do to chnage them.

    20. I put this book on my to-read list a few years before the topic of gender fluidity became so hot what with Caitlin Jenner, Transparent, and The Danish Girl. Amy Bloom does a wonderful job of explaining trans, cross, and intersex experience through interviews. She chose to focus her transsexual chapter on female to male transitions, a less examined choice, and that is to the good.

    21. Amy Bloom takes into the world of transsexuals, transgenders, and hermaphrodites, as only she can - sensitively and with an attempt to help explain for all of us why these are not people to be scorned, people to be treated as outsiders, but truly just people. A great book for anyone wanting to understand more about gender and the continuum we are all on.

    22. This book is divided up into three sections: transsexuals, crossdressers, and intersex. It was an easy read, but not terribly compelling. I read it for the transsexual portion, but my favorite section was the intersex one. If you are interested in people transgress traditional gender norms, this is a good introduction.

    23. An interesting (and slightly enchanting) read. The stories Amy tells are insightful and unique, and offer an intriguing outside perspective on the lives and loves of trans men, cross dressers and intersex people. I especially appreciated the thoroughness with which she covered FTM surgeries, in spite of the relative shortness of the book itself.

    24. This might be good for the gender beginner, but it was actually a bit painful to read at times. Her whole objective seems to be to reinforce that genderqueers are PEOPLE and they're NORMAL. What?! Who'dathunkit? Ouch. But she tries, she really tries.

    25. It gives an interesting look at transsexuals, crossdressing and "hermaphrodites". It's not an indepth look but rather a look at what challenges they face and the communities they form. Not bad book but good for general populace.

    26. Amy Bloom is a great writer of both fiction and non-fiction. However, I found that a 140-page book that covers transexuals, crossdressers, and the intersex doesn't leave her with enough room to delve into the topics. Each of the three sections seemed like the tip of a much larger iceberg.

    27. Good, informative book. A bit textbook like--but not didn't distract too much from the interesting personal perspectives in the book. And can this woman write--I got perfect "visual" of a phalloplasty even without pictures.

    28. You might have read the second essay about crossdressing men on a cruise ship in the New Yorker. You might not have. I can't find it in the New Yorker archives, but I think it was 8-10 years ago. In any case, this is a very interesting study of sex and gender.

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