Summary

Beyond Trans pushes the conversation on gender identity to its limits: questioning the need for gender categories in the first place. Whether on birth certificates or college admissions applications or on bathroom doors, why do we need to mark people and places with sex categories? Do they serve a real purpose or are these places and forms just mechanisms of exclusion?
Heath Fogg Davis offers an impassioned call to rethink the usefulness of dividing the world into not just Male and Female categories but even additional categories of Transgender and gender fluid. Davis, himself a transgender man, explores the underlying gender-enforcing policies and customs in American life that have led to transgender bathroom bills, college admissions controversies, and more, arguing that it is necessary for our society to take real steps to challenge the assumption that gender matters.
He examines four areas where we need to re-think our sex-classification systems: sex-marked identity documents such as birth certificates, drivers licenses and passports; sex-segregated public restrooms; single-sex colleges; and sex-segregated sports.
©2017 New York University (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By David Larson on 19-10-17

Raises Questions I Never Even Considered

I'm not saying I agree with everything in this book, but the author does a good job of starting the dialogue around a very important topic: gender. Why do we have separate bathrooms by gender? Why do women wait in line to use the women's room when there is no line in front of the men's room? Why do some colleges not allow men to attend? Is any of this fair?

Reading this book made me question many of the gender issues that I had always taken for granted as a straight white man. Before we can discover the answers, we first need to discover the questions. This book raises many of those questions. Bravo to the author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 15-08-18

Excellent!

I loved this book. The author gave engaging, informational, and convincing arguments about why sex segregation is problematic and should be re-evaluated for the benefit of us all. The arguments were intersectional, addressing issues of gender, sex, race, ability, and age throughout the book. It was also inclusive of a variety of trans and gender non-conforming identities including non-binary, butch, etc.

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