For our October meeting,we will be reading and discussing Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman's Gender Outlaws
Fifteen years after Bornstein's groundbreaking Gender Outlaw, this follow-up collection presents the wide-ranging voices of a new generation of gender radicals.
In thought-provoking essays, poems, and comics, contributors address the problematic nature of language and labels, which often force people into two categories; 'People get upset with transgender people who choose to inhabit a third gender space rather than pick a side.' A lack of acknowledgment of alternate gender labels in public spaces such as restrooms, and on official documentation highlights this issue on a daily basis.
Non-Western perspectives, including a description of a ritual for Maasai women who can't reproduce, broaden the concept of 'gender outlaw' and further challenge accepted notions of what is normal.