This book is a collection of essays about the current theory and practice of transgendering children. Essays are written against the grain of the popularised medical definition of `the transgender child' as a young person whose `true' gender lies in the brain, or pre-social `identity'. Contributors contest this diagnosis from a range of perspectives, including as social theorists, psychotherapists, persons living as transgender, individuals who have de-transitioned, and parents of adolescents identifying as transgender. They argue that medicine, social policy and the law build ideas about `the transgender child', and contend that it is politics, not science, which accounts for the exponential rise in the number of children diagnosed as transgender by gender identity clinics. They conclude that today's medical and social trend for transgendering children is not liberal and progressive, but politically reactionary, physically and psychologically dangerous and abusive.
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages: 244
Dimensions: 212 x 148 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
"The editors of this groundbreaking book, Helen Brunskell-Evans and Michele Moore, deserve both our congratulations and our gratitude for compiling such a comprehensive selection of arguments, which together provide an analysis of the complex phenomenon that falls under the term `trans', an analysis that is very different from the narrative currently capturing the minds of young people and professionals alike."Melissa MidgenJournal of Child Psychotherapy, 2018"This is a radical book, a courageous book, a necessary book and one that raises many uncomfortable questions about transgenderism and how society has responded to it, specifically with reference to children and young people. The authors have been prepared to put their careers and reputations on the line in the service of opening for discussion the points of view and experience of people who insist on thinking critically and voicing views and experiences that are extremely challenging to those promoting a `one size fits all' approach to transgenderism."James CaspianThe Journal of Analytical Psychology 63/4 (2018)"I recommend this book to anyone involved or interested in the current state of gender identity politics and policies. Teaching a chapter or two of this book would doubtlessly enliven gender classroom discussions."Leonore Tiefer
Psychology of Women Quarterly 42/3 (2018)