ISBN13:978-0226556697 ISBN10: 0226556697 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0226556680 ISBN10: 0226556689
Summary: We have read the stories of those who have ''crossed'' lines of race and class and culture. But few have written of crossing--completely and entirely--the gender line. Crossing is the story of Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald), once a golden boy of conservative economics and a child of 1950s and 1960s privilege, and her dramatic and poignant journey to becoming a woman. McCloskey's account of her painstaking efforts to learn to ''be a woman'' unearth fundamental qu
estions about gender and identity, and hatreds and anxieties, revealing surprising answers.
Summary: We have read the stories of those who have ''crossed'' lines of race and class and culture. But few have written of crossing--completely and entirely--the gender line. Crossing is the story of Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald), once a golden boy of conservative economics and a child of 1950s and 1960s privilege, and her dramatic and poignant journey to becoming a woman. McCloskey's account of her painstaking efforts to learn to ''be a woman'' unearth fundamental questions about gender and identity, and hatreds and anxieties, revealing surprising answers. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:99 Cover: Paperback Publisher:University of Chicago Press Year Published: 1999 International: No
''[A] fascinating and poignant story. . . . [R]evealing, humorous, and provocative.''
''When I received Crossing, I wondered why the editors had not designated it for review by someone gay, or someone involved in the transgendered community. Reading it, I realized that I-a lifelong heterosexual woman-need this book. All of us need to consider the way our culture shapes gender expectations and makes unspoken but profoundly rigid gender assignments based on physical appearance, apparel, gait, gestures, voice and so on. . . . This is a woman worth knowing. She has given us a highly readable, dramatic account of her crossing.''
--Maxine Kumin, The New York Times Book Review
''A testimony to her struggles and courage, Crossing invites the reader to enter Deirdre (formerly Donald) McCloskey's mind as she decides to become a woman after a lifetime as a man, husband, and father.''
--Kirkus Reviews 1999 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
The University of Chicago Press Web Site, November, 2000
View Table of Contents
Part 1: Doubt
1. Boy to Man 2. Marriage 3. Internet, 1995 4. Professor Dressed 5. Clubs 6. In the Ladies' Room 7. Boldness 8. Epiphany 9. Losing Family 10. Academic Drag 11. A Day You Feel Pretty 12. Premarin 13. Sweet October
Part 2: Struggle
14. Outed 15. ''Welcome'' 16. The Cuckoo's Nest 17.Hearing? 18. Then Why Are You Doing This? 19. Chicago 20. Changing 21. Sister's Last 22. Professional Girl Economist 23. Farewell Speech 24. Dutch Welcome 25. The Worst Days in February 26. Passing 27. Yes, Ma'am
Part 3: Across
28. Vriendinnetjes 29. Women's World 30. To Make Up for God's Neglect 31. Merry May 32. Starting 33. Finishing 34. A Post-Menopausal Woman on Hormone Therapy 35. Facelift 36. This Is How We Live 37. Dutch Winter, 1996 38. Going Home 39. Costs 40. Iowa Drag 41. Professora Traveling 42. Second Voice 43. Makeup 44. Getting There 45. Differences 46. Christ's Mass 1997
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