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The White Book

Edited by Steven Whittle Ph.D

 

GENDYS JOURNAL

Issue 4
November 1998

 
Published by Press For Change for the FTM Network: 1998, price £15 (US$35) including p&p, Send a cheque, postal order, or international money order made payable to Press For Change, Press For Change, BM Network, London, WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom.

This is an easy-to-read A4 manual on the experience of transmen's transition process; Its subtitle is in fact A Really Indispensable Manual for Inhabiting A Trans Man's Being. It will be on the reading list of all the transmen and their friends and families who come to see me.

What many people deeply immersed in the process of political lobbying and fundamental social change forget is that most of the Sex and Gender Dysphoric people out there are extremely confused when they come into contact with the subject of trans-identities.

They need guides, manuals, comparative narratives and shared experiences to help them decide the best course for them in life.

Openly available information, I believe, rules supreme and The White Book certainly contains a great deal of useful information to assist transmen along their journeys.

I hope the transgendered will also find this book useful in learning what they do not want to happen to them and in identifying how far along the road of transition they do not want to go. The book, like Stephen himself, is scathingly cautious of phalloplasty and those who carry out that surgery. Having seen many of the results myself I am apt to agree with him. However, like the books says, for some transmen this has been a successful process with which they have been happy.

The way the book leads into having a family will be particularly useful to many members of the transmen group because those possibilities are now becoming the realities of many transmen's lives. Since Stephen and his partner Sarah are still adding to their brood, now having four offspring, then one might say that in this context the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

A resource list at the back of the book once again makes available information that can be useful not only to those who intend to or are transitioning but also those who have transitioned and may need further help down the long road of life. What is finally resourceful about this book is that any profits go to the FTM network so transmen will be investing in their future twice by purchasing a copy for themselves and whoever it may enlighten.

Dr Tracie O'Keefe DCH is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and counsellor at the London Medical Centre in Harley Street, a specialist in the field of sex, gender & sexuality, and co-author of the book, Trans-X-U-All: The Naked Difference (ISBN 0 9529482 0 6). Web site http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~katfox/

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