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Riki Anne Wilchins has written the book that may take the discussion of gender over the top. Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the tend of Gender, a frontal assault on both the status quo in academic studies and the full spectrum of single-issue identity politics, will change the way you think about bodies, sex, and gender. Yours and everyone else's.Combining the theoret Riki Anne Wilchins has written the book that may take the discussion of gender over the top. Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the tend of Gender, a frontal assault on both the status quo in academic studies and the full spectrum of single-issue identity politics, will change the way you think about bodies, sex, and gender. Yours and everyone else's.Combining the theoretical breakthroughs of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble and the performance revelations of Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw, Wilchins -- cofounder of the Transsexual Menace -- moves the dialogue to a new level. In a voice that is by turns outraged, outrageous, sad, and hilarious, the author weaves theory and personal experience into a compelling story of self-discovery. She redefines what it means to be "gendered", both by the way she lives and the accessible theoretical narrative she constructs. Read My Lips, with its unique mix of theory and application, anecdote and affront, will appeal to feminists, queer academics, activists, transpeople, "the-queer-on-the-street", and the increasing audience of mainstream readers hungry for writing that pushes the absolute edge of the gender envelope. OUT Magazine says that the author "has surfaced as the Superhero of this burgeoning (transgender) movement". Wilchins, herself, signs off on her email as follows: "Just your average straight white guy with a cunt who really digs lezzie chicks like me". Rarely have smarts and chutzpah produced such good effect.


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Riki Anne Wilchins has written the book that may take the discussion of gender over the top. Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the tend of Gender, a frontal assault on both the status quo in academic studies and the full spectrum of single-issue identity politics, will change the way you think about bodies, sex, and gender. Yours and everyone else's.Combining the theoret Riki Anne Wilchins has written the book that may take the discussion of gender over the top. Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the tend of Gender, a frontal assault on both the status quo in academic studies and the full spectrum of single-issue identity politics, will change the way you think about bodies, sex, and gender. Yours and everyone else's.Combining the theoretical breakthroughs of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble and the performance revelations of Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw, Wilchins -- cofounder of the Transsexual Menace -- moves the dialogue to a new level. In a voice that is by turns outraged, outrageous, sad, and hilarious, the author weaves theory and personal experience into a compelling story of self-discovery. She redefines what it means to be "gendered", both by the way she lives and the accessible theoretical narrative she constructs. Read My Lips, with its unique mix of theory and application, anecdote and affront, will appeal to feminists, queer academics, activists, transpeople, "the-queer-on-the-street", and the increasing audience of mainstream readers hungry for writing that pushes the absolute edge of the gender envelope. OUT Magazine says that the author "has surfaced as the Superhero of this burgeoning (transgender) movement". Wilchins, herself, signs off on her email as follows: "Just your average straight white guy with a cunt who really digs lezzie chicks like me". Rarely have smarts and chutzpah produced such good effect.

30 review for Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender

  1. 4 out of 5

    Red

    If this were ten years ago, my mind would probably be blown.

  2. 4 out of 5

    6655321

    can i just say "so 1994" and not review a book? Foucault/Butler done well, but so 1994 can i just say "so 1994" and not review a book? Foucault/Butler done well, but so 1994

  3. 5 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    I have been trying for months to remember the title of this book! I knew the author's name was Riki, but I couldn't remember the proper spelling. I couldn't remember the title of the book either. I DID remember it was written by a trans woman and it was about trans issues. I just found the title on a transgender resource list circa 1998 that I came across in my file cabinet while searching for my birth certificate. Whew! What a relief to know that I hadn't imagined an entire book. I have been trying for months to remember the title of this book! I knew the author's name was Riki, but I couldn't remember the proper spelling. I couldn't remember the title of the book either. I DID remember it was written by a trans woman and it was about trans issues. I just found the title on a transgender resource list circa 1998 that I came across in my file cabinet while searching for my birth certificate. Whew! What a relief to know that I hadn't imagined an entire book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alice Lemon

    This book is rather dated--it was first published in 1997--but that actually adds to its value, because it's a well-written snapshot of transgender activism and theory from well before the "transgender revolution" of the last decade. While I wouldn't recommend it as a first book, or one's primary book, on trans issues, I think it's very worth reading, particularly for trans women like myself who don't have any firsthand experience of that era. This book is rather dated--it was first published in 1997--but that actually adds to its value, because it's a well-written snapshot of transgender activism and theory from well before the "transgender revolution" of the last decade. While I wouldn't recommend it as a first book, or one's primary book, on trans issues, I think it's very worth reading, particularly for trans women like myself who don't have any firsthand experience of that era.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This book is currently out of print. I had to read it for an American Studies class. The author is extremely sarcastic and although my professor thinks it's an excellent book, it was just ok for me. There were some valid arguments and although I learned a lot about her thoughts on transpeople, Riki's "in your face" writing style was a huge turn-off for me. This book is currently out of print. I had to read it for an American Studies class. The author is extremely sarcastic and although my professor thinks it's an excellent book, it was just ok for me. There were some valid arguments and although I learned a lot about her thoughts on transpeople, Riki's "in your face" writing style was a huge turn-off for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heta Rae

    I knew a little bit about transexuals from psych classes before reading the book. Riki really opened my eyes to a lot of the unique forms of prejudice and trials experienced by people who are transexual or intersexed. This book challenged many of my notions about sexual identity and gender roles, and I am very glad that I read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I first read this about a few years ago, but I recently found it and started re-reading it. Riki Wilchins is awesome because she writes intelligently and has an amazing sense of humor about her experiences. Even though a lot of what she writes about is heartbreaking, her writing always makes me laugh.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maren Larsen

    Realer than theory, more theoretical than straight memoir. Reading this book was a transformative experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to undo their gender -- or just see what this gender thing is all about.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori Perkins

    A funny and honest look at the reality of transgender individuals and the transgender community as whole, which aims to help the reader understand the ideas and feelings of this often repressed community.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gabe Riggs

    One of the best and leading transgender voices on the topic of gender and sexual otherness.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Great book to help those unfamiliar or wary of trans issues to see the humanness of the struggle for an authentic gender identity.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meen

    Ooooh!

  13. 4 out of 5

    duck reads

    Possibly suffering from comparison to some of Wilchins' more recent work, it seemed to be repeating things I'd heard before. Possibly suffering from comparison to some of Wilchins' more recent work, it seemed to be repeating things I'd heard before.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really want to teach more material from this book but it's maybe a bit to close to a journal. Anyway, I like the connections between theory and daily life. I really want to teach more material from this book but it's maybe a bit to close to a journal. Anyway, I like the connections between theory and daily life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    How did I not read this earlier? It was so good. Biting and subversive but also just plain funny. I want to be able to write like this, someday.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Wilchins is smart, funny and serious as hell.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rikki Arundel

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ethan St.Pierre

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thusith Dananjaya

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Loutzenheiser

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cara

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally

  23. 4 out of 5

    InformationChef

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elio

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Antoniou

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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