I believe I first found out about The Shape of Sex shortly after I had surgery earlier this year. I was immediately interested. DeVun had previously co-edited an issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly on Trans*historicities that I have referenced extensively, so I was rather excited to get my hands on The Shape of Sex. I am happy to report that it lived up to my expectations. This book, more than any I have read before, makes a strong case of transgender studies as a discipline.
Stonewall by Martin Duberman is one of my favourite books to read. It tells the events that led to the Stonewall Riots and those that came after in such a narratively interesting and captivating way that I find ingenious. Since I had surgery at the start of the month, I decided to reread it and critique it for my website, a simple and enjoyable task while I was still recovering.
When I started branching out the “Not Your Average Cistory” brand, I turned to book reviews to explore the books and articles I was reading at the time. Unfortunately, this was not well suited to Instagram. With this website and my blog now, I thought it might be worth returning to the subject. I figured I would start with Martin Duberman’s challenging and thought-provoking Has The Gay Movement Failed?
Trying to bridge the gap between transgender studies and museum studies.