Read My Lips
Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender
Riki Anne Wilchins
Book review kindly provided by by Dr Tracie O'Keefe DCH
While at the 1997 Harry Benjamin conference in Vancouver someone pushed a flyer for this book into my hand, told me her friend from New York had written it and that it was great and I should read it. Eventually some months later when I got home I sent off for the book with no expectations of greatness. What arrived was a very in your face, mind bending, thought provoking, deconstruction of body fascism by Riki Anne Wilchins, co-founder of Transsexual Menace and the Executive Director of Gender PAC, USA.
What is body fascism you may ask? Well, Riki's style of writing leaves you in no doubt with her street talking, honest challenging of sex, gender and sexuality stereotypes. Her subjective analysis of her own sex and gender and sexual transience leaves you still wondering where she will go to next, punch drunk, and in no doubt that for her no holds are barred.
If you want to be shaken up and taken on a roller coaster ride that guarantees to show you what body fascists we all are at times then this book is for you. It's not a nice book for the prim and proper; it's gutsy, delicious and has every intention of putting itching powder in the seat of your pants. Even more it's brave, witty, highly intelligent and kicks you up the arse, forcing you to move up a level on the humanitarian scale. I loved it, most of all for its no bullshit, American approach to sex, gender and sexuality equality.
Dr Tracie O'Keefe DCH is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, and counsellor formerly practising at The London Medical Centre, Harley Street in the UK. Now the Director of the Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Identity Clinic, at The O'Keefe Institute, Sydney, Australia.
Published by Firebrand books New York, 1997
Paperback, 288 pages,
ISBN 1 56341 090 7
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