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Sissies and Tomboys : Gender Nonconformity and Homosexual Childhood - Matthew Rottnek

Sissies and Tomboys

Gender Nonconformity and Homosexual Childhood

By: Matthew Rottnek (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780814774847
Number Of Pages: 344

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In 1973, homosexuality was officially depathologized with a revision in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry." In 1980, a new diagnosis appeared: Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (GID). The shift separated gender from sexuality, while it simultaneously reinforced traditional concepts of "male" and "female" and made it possible for cross-gendered behavior and/or identification to be deemed psychiatric illness.

What is the difference then between a child being called a sissy on the playground and being labeled with a disorder in a psychiatric hospital? Combining theory and personal narrative, this volume interrogates the meaning of "the normal" that pervades the literature on GID and investigates the theoretical underpinnings of the diagnosis. Sissies and Tomboys considers how the stigma of illness influences a child's development and what homosexual childhood, freed from the constraints of conventionally acceptable gender expression, might look like.


Introductionp. 1
Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and the Normal
Diagnosis and Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder in Childrenp. 9
Ethical Issues in Diagnosing and Treating Gender-Dysphoric Children and Adolescentsp. 34
Is Gender Essential?p. 52
Queering the Center by Centering the Queer: Reflections on Transsexuals and Secular Jewsp. 58
Theorizing Gender Nonconformity
Homosexual Boyhood: Notes on Girlyboysp. 107
Tomboys and Cowgirls: The Girl's Disidentification from the Motherp. 140
Oh Bondage Up Yours! Female Masculinity and the Tomboyp. 153
Sexing the Tomboyp. 180
Sissies and Tomboys Speak
My Life as a Boyp. 199
Butch in a Tutup. 209
Such a Polite Little Boyp. 226
Las Nenas con las Nenas, Los Nenes con los Nenesp. 236
Boys Don't Do Thatp. 245
The Boy Who Grew Up to Be a Womanp. 263
The Golden Book of the Civil Warp. 274
Select Bibliographyp. 289
Contributorsp. 295
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780814774847
ISBN-10: 0814774849
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.19  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.45