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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out | Non-Fiction Review


by Susan Kuklin: http://www.bookdepository.com/Beyond-Magenta/9780763673680?a_aid=candysomething

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  1. I just wanted to say that I love how honestly you review books. You are able to look at the book from your own point of view but then also remove yourself and try to review the book from a different person's perspective. I haven't read this book myself (admittedly I had never even heard of it) but I know that I would have no illusions going into this book. Very well done review.

  2. As a member of the LGBT community I have talked to a tonne of Trans people and at one point even considered myself Trans. I think an issue I have with some Trans people is that they seem to think very rigidly about gender roles, at least the people i have talked to. Because of this, if they like makeup and are feminine then they say they must be a girl and vice versa. I think this isn't how it should be viewed and i know a lot of Trans people who don't think like that. I think it's very interesting that they chose teenagers to look at, as they often don't quite have it figured out yet themselves. I would really like to give the book a read and see how these people have experienced being Trans. I can't recommend anything in the way of non-fiction, however a brilliant fiction book about being Trans is 'The Art of Being Normal' by Lisa Williams. Again, sadly, not by a Trans person (at least I don't think so) but still a fantastic book that I think you should check out.

  3. Have you ever read 'Nothing tastes as good' by Claire Hennessey? I just finished it and I think it's wonderful!

  4. Ashley Mardell (Ash) is coming out with a book on LGBT identities!! They're a YouTuber so you might've heard of them. I believe the book is called The ABC's of LGBT+ (I'm pretty sure it's still on preorder right now but it's looking like it's gonna be really good and informative)

  5. It's interesting to note that some of the teenagers had quite a stereotypical idea of gender roles, and it is something I've come across before in the Trans community. And I think it makes sense, especially as they are young and in the earlier stages of learning about who they are and establishing/finding their identity (depending on your philosophical preference). It should also be said that identifying as Trans doesn't automatically make you feminist, or in opposition to the gender binary, nor requires you to do so. In fact, a strong identification with a certain gender would in a way require strong gender identities that differ from (or even stand in opposition to) each other. Now if you identify as Trans but do not relate to the gender binary, it obviously changes things. But I think it makes sense for young people figuring out their identity to perhaps cling onto stereotypes of gender, as it at least offers a new label to use instead of the one you don't quite feel like you're fitting into.

  6. I read this book in the summer and I identify as non-binary so I had to take some of the comments that seemed to reinforce the gender binary with a pinch of salt but obviously this is why educating people is so important- even members of the trans community may not know about the huge diversity of gender! I'm so glad it had non-binary representation though because there really isn't a lot around. I agree with you that it would have been good to have a trans author and be more educational but I'm just glad it exists.

    If you find any good non-fiction trans books I'd love to read them! I've read fictional books with trans characters and have been recommended a couple by my friend too so here's those:
    The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson
    Golden boy by Abigail Tarttelin
    Symptoms of being human by Jeff Garvin

    But also Ashley Mardell's book comes out soon called the ABCs of LGBT and that should be very educational so you should check that out!!

  7. I always enjoy your reviews Candice. I haven't read the book but I think you're right that some perspectives from the Midwest and west coast and suburbs would have been very different.

  8. I'm trans, but when I read this book I hadn't figured that out yet. It was the first trans related book I read and I really enjoyed it at the time, yet I completely agree with you when you say that it doesn't really serve the purpose that people would expect it to. I picked it up wanting to learn more about the trans community and honestly, it doesn't really teach you much about it. It's still cool to read about their experiences though.

  9. I think this book would benefit from a sequel made in 10, maybe 15 years examining how these people have changed and grown. That being said, that's myself injecting a similar desire to your own into the book.

    I think that at the very least it's a good exercise to recognize that trans people are just people like the rest of us, and media based around them does not need to cater towards educating everyone else.

    I don't think that particular idea will catch on for a while, but it's a good thing to keep in mind. It's our responsibility to educate ourselves about the diversity of human experience, not that of people who stray from what we think of as the norm.

  10. The best non-fiction book I've read about trans (specifically non-binary) people is Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote. Can't recommend enough, tbh.

  11. about the gender stereotypes-
    I guess if you are a transgender person, then what gender is and what it means must be very important to you. If you didn't (at least to some extent) accept gender stereotypes, then you would be less likely to feel that you didn't fit into the gender you were born as?
    (I'm probably wrong, just a thought ?)

  12. I haven't read the book but I appreciate this video because I'm trans myself. I was born a boy but really want to be a girl, and am trying to get there. Since I love the videos you and also Bry make his means alot to me. obviously I don't know you personally but from all of the videos I saw from you (and also Bry) you seem like a brilliant person. You guys have helped through so much so I'm glad to be able to say I'll be at the show in Antwerp. Thank you so much. Even if it's through the internet, you guys have helped me so much.

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