➛ [KINDLE] ❅ Beyond Magenta By Susan Kuklin ➥ – Publitags.co

I was eagerly awaiting this book, but I was seriously disappointed I went out on the day of the release, purchased it, and then returned it all in the same day because I found it so appalling This is a subject that truly needs to be illuminated and deserves much attention than it is currently receiving However, this book only further served to put false information into circulation and bolstered up some of the negative stereotypes that the transgender community has worked so hard to eradicate Further the stories in the book were poorly edited with typos and grammatical errors aplenty And that s in addition to the perpetuation of terrible gender stereotypes which you would imagine would be the exact opposite of the editor s intention Readers interested in this topic would be far better served by reading something by Julia Serano, S Bear Bergman, Kate Bornstein, or T Cooper Even though they aren t specifically teenagers themselves, they actually convey accurate information and are far educational and less offensive than this book. I appreciate the fact that the author of this book, Kuklin, allows the teenagers stories and photos to mostly speak for themselves with seemingly little intervention It would have been nice to see what kinds of questions teens were responding to, in order to have a sense of how Kuklin may have shaped the information given The stories teens told were interesting and sad and funny, they spoke about how they view gender, what their childhoods were like, etc That said, this collection feels like a Dick and Jane version of a book like Gender Outlaws, mainly because of Kulin s limited scope and oversimplification of ideas There are only 6 subjects interviewed, all living in a relatively small geographical area and given how young they are there isn t much perspective on their own stories since they re still immersed in them In her afterword, Kuklin explains that she initially planned to write a book on boys who realize that they are girls and girls who realize that they are boys , but realized this was an oversimplification after much research Despite her apparent enlightenment, Kuklin doesn t show a broad understanding of what it means to be transgender The fact that some teens expressed derision towards certain normative gender traits rankled me at first, until I thought about how young they are and how they re still figuring out who they are while stuck in the mire of social pressure I don t expect an 18 year old to have it all figured out, but this book would have been so much improved by an author with a complex understanding of gender and sexuality. A Groundbreaking Work Of LGBT Literature Takes An Honest Look At The Life, Love, And Struggles Of Transgender TeensAuthor And Photographer Susan Kuklin Met And Interviewed Six Transgender Or Gender Neutral Young Adults And Used Her Considerable Skills To Represent Them Thoughtfully And Respectfully Before, During, And After Their Personal Acknowledgment Of Gender Preference Portraits, Family Photographs, And Candid Images Grace The Pages, Augmenting The Emotional And Physical Journey Each Youth Has Taken Each Honest Discussion And Disclosure, Whether Joyful Or Heartbreaking, Is Completely Different From The Other Because Of Family Dynamics, Living Situations, Gender, And The Transition These Teens Make In Recognition Of Their True Selves Dnfed it 24 pages in, because COME ON SERIOUSLY Let me explain a bit I m having a real problem with Jessy The guy knows what it s like to be a girl, but he s being really macho Now that I m masculine enough I can say back off to other men when they talk to my girlfriend, I can take as much space as I want when I sit down in the subway, I take on the male social role now REALLY He also reinforced gender stereotypes Girls are so superficial and complicated I ve always thought I was better than any other girl Girls don t have enough strength blablabla Oh and my favourite He asked out his girlfriend at the gym, and when she turned him off the first time, he went back, because APPARENTLY HE DOESN T UNDERSTAND THAT NO MEANS NO AND THAT SHE S NOT AT THE GYM TO BE ASKED OUT And then he went to her office and asked her out not once, but twice, and she said NO But you know what s really fucking horrible HIS GIRLFRIEND DOESN T EVEN USE THE PRONOUN HE BUT SHE LIKE WHAT And of course she wants him not to take testosterone because she doesn t like it, like she has something to say about HIS body.Oh and the guy thinks that, if you re being bullied, it s YOUR fault because you re not making people around you comfortable enoughI m incredibly mad at this book Because maybe the other stories are amazing, maybe, but I will never know because it looks like the author thought it was okay to put this first story in it.So no no no no NO FUCK NO. I read this as one of my selections for Banned Books Week, from the list provided by ALA of frequently banned diverse books Alongside it I read Am I Blue Coming Out from the Silence, a short story collection from 1994, geared to the same age group I think the grouping put this book into perspective No, these six profiles of transgender, genderneutral, genderfluid, and intersex teens can t possibly capture every possible experience in the trans community, but I appreciated the attempt to start In the same way Am I Blue only really grazes the surface, allowing the possibility of acceptable difference, this seems to be the heart of the message of these narratives and accompanying photos Actually the one essay lacking photos made the biggest statement to me It is a bit didactic but it is geared toward a younger audience, one that may need to be introduced to some of the terms and definitions that will not be familiar to everyone I know many adults who could benefit from reading this book, honestly I did love how it showed the journeys, how where a person thought they d end up was not necessarily where they started It showed the havoc in personal relationships and the perpetual intentional misunderstanding of the transgender community by people who should know better teachers, principals, counselors But it also showed that acceptance is possible, not just with the people surrounding an individual, but within that individual too And for most of the teens in this book, that became the most important part also early access to hormones Thank you As far as the banned books debate, I am just constantly frustrated by the idea that telling a person s story is some kind of agenda A struggling teen may find comfort in this book Why remove it from your collection Read this and other reviews at Things I Find While ShelvingThere is one word I can use to describe this book snapshots.This book is a series of snapshots of people on the Trans spectrum It doesn t cover everything, but it is refreshing to read the words of young Trans people, to hear how they explored their identities and found their truths.I wish there had been a book like this when I was a teen I m glad it s out now for those teens who are struggling to fit in this world that still won t accept them. I justugh I was so disappointed by this Yet another book about trans people but not for us And I get that the whole point is teens telling their own stories but the way most of them talk about gender is so troubling, especially considering the clearly cis anticipated audience Trans is not the next step down the nonexistent line from gay And the glossary in the back was so bare bones and very off base in a lot of cases I can t recommend this to anyone honestly None of the voices resonated with me as a trans person and it would be so misinformative to anyone with little or no knowledge of trans experiences. Beyond Magenta is the very first non fiction book reviewed here in the five years of The Nocturnal Library s existence, and I couldn t have picked a better one for the honor It consists of six stories about six transgender, genderqueer or gender nonconforming teens, accompanied by gorgeous, honest photographs and several comments by the author The stories are told in first person by the teens themselves, interspersed here and there by the author s brief comments and observations The first thing that will strike any reader is a complete absence of idealization The teens are portrayed as they are, nothing is hidden, nothing embellished They are people with convictions, fears, and sometimes inappropriate reactions, with lives a lot challenging than those of cisgendered people Kuklin did her very best to cover as much of the spectrum as she possibly could by including six very different shades of the gender spectrum The kids categorize themselves, if they want to be categorized at all, and they tell their stories with such painful honesty and openness Beyond Magenta is essentially a book about sex and alienation, two universal themes that have interacted in life, literature and art since for ever Kuklin 2016 164 As the author herself explains, initially she meant to write about teens whose true gender isn t what they were born with, i.e girls who are really boys, and boys who are really girls As her research progressed, however, she discovered so many different possibilities and made certain to represent them fairly Some of these stories are light, as some of the teens live in encouraging, empowering environments Others face challenges, internal and external both Each of the stories ends on a hopeful note, though, making sure that we have something to hold on to, even as we contemplate realities and challenges so very different from ours I can only imagine what this book will mean to other transgender and genderqueer teens all around the world Sometimes it s enough to know that you re not alone, that other people feel exactly like you Beyond Magenta is a Stonewall honor book, a powerful and revelatory account of lives within the transgender community In light of recent political events, such works of hope and encouragement might be essential to surviving whatever is coming and making it to the other side tolerant and kind than we ever were. I m leaning towards 3.5 on this one Yes, transgender issues need to be talked about Awareness and understanding need to be fostered Yes, it s great to have a book that shows exactly the struggles transgender teens face in day to day life.However.The scope of this book is extremely narrow Out of six narratives, five of them are from NYC and the surrounding areas the last teen, Luke, lives in Madison, WI I almost stopped reading after the first two narratives because Jessy would say stuff like he knew he was a boy because he liked sports, and Christina would say she knew she was a girl because she liked wearing pretty things I have absolutely no doubt that that is truly how they feel and felt, but this speaks to a gender division that I can t understand I wonder why Kuklin chose to start the narratives with these two For me, they were off putting Would the general public find them to be so, or would they find them comforting because they speak to society s views of what is male and what is female Nat s and especially Cameron s stories spoke to me on a deeper level and assuaged my fears that Beyond Magenta was just going to adhere to terrifying gender stereotypes Both Nat and Cameron identify as intersex or nonbinary, and prefer gender neutral they them theirs pronouns Where Cameron s identity fluctuates on a daily basis some days they are feminine while other days they are masculine Nat prefers to present as neither gender.I would like to stress that my rating is based mostly on the poor formatting of the book, not on these teens narratives themselves Only interviewing six people, most of whom live in one fairly diverse city, and grouping the narratives in a strange way made for bad editing choices I could find diverse stories and gender identities browsing Tumblr for half an hour than I found in this 192 page book. The idea of this book is fantastic allowing young trans people from many different backgrounds to tell their own stories, which would then be collected and published, allowing the wider world to read about a variety of trans possibilities and experiences The actuality of the book was incredibly disappointing The most positive thing about Beyond Magenta is that it does strive to include the diversity of the trans community as reflected in the identities of the interviewees There is an equal representation of two trans feminine people, two trans masculine people, and two nonbinary people Likewise, at least half of the interviewees are people of color, and all six come from different socioeconomic and familial backgrounds.This initial diversity is stiffed by the narrow intent of the author It is clear that this book was written about trans teens, but it was absolutely not written for trans teens This has to do with the author than it does with the young people interviewed As Kuklin states in the Author s Note, she began writing thinking that The book was going to be about boys who realized they are girls and girls who realized they are boys As you can see, this vision changed as I learned She did not learn enough to realize that she was framing her book in the way that many cis for those who don t know, cis, or cisgender is a term that denotes a person who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth people frame transness as a before and after curiosity that is most intensely focused on transition and coming out It is clear that the author asked questions about transitioning, coming out, acceptance by peers, etc All those hot button curiosities that turn trans narratives into soap operas about fixing our bodies and overcoming tragedy I am not surprised that the people giving this book 5 star ratings exclaim that they Learned so much and it opened their minds This book is written by a cis author, and appeals to a cis audience It focuses on bodies, hormones, and battles for acceptance rather than the emotional growth of coming to terms with your trans identity, or the other facets of the lives of the interviewees Overall, I feel that Kuklin simultaneously was too present in guiding the content included in the book and too absent in the process of supplementing the stories included with perspectives that would broaden the ideas of gender presented The very back of the book includes an interview with a healthcare professional about very basic ideas of transness, and I feel the inclusion of brief interviews with trans adults and trans activist leaders could have given Beyond Magenta some much needed political perspective.If this is the first book on trans issues you are reading, it may serve as a very basic trans and gender 101 The trans people interviewed deserved a better platform for telling their stories than this author provided.