Selling these books is like letting go. Some would call it closure. One of the most liberating things of my life has happened over the last few years since I started this blog. I realized I am old. That I have outlive almost all the people who went through Stanford with me back in the early 1970s. I’ve outlived most of my friends and enemies alike.
In the process I’ve returned to my roots. I was a working class hippie. In the early 1970s the anti-Israel position taken by so many on the left alienated me from the left, but not from the ranks of the blue collar Democratic Party.
I’ll confess I’ve never understood all the gender babble. Being transsexual wasn’t about clothes or roles that much for me. It was about being female bodied. In many ways I no more conform to the gender stereotypes projected upon women than I did to the gender stereotypes projected upon men. Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech has always rung true to me because hard work and competence knows no gender.
Selling off these books and the more that will soon be offered is my way of sharing the knowledge, passing it on to folks young enough and involved enough to carry on with the struggle I was an active part of for so many years.
In many ways I feel like Candide, one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite books.
The struggle is now for others, I am content to tend my garden.
It has been a while in coming. First I declared myself neutral in the endless trans-wars. Then I embraced being post-transsexual. I realized that as an old woman I had no desire to be a trans-activist or for that matter exploit my having been trans for economic benefit.
I’m in the process of simplifying my life as well as starting a new small business.
Some people have been after me to donate my library to various institutions.
The truth is I can’t afford to donate my library to some institution that is probably better off than I am. Therefore I am selling off my library on E-Bay.
While you might be able to find some of the books for less it won’t be much less.
While I can’t afford to contribute them for free to an archive perhaps you might purchase one of these books and donate it.
Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism by Pat Califia
Trans/forming Feminisms: by Krista Scott-Dixon
Transgender History by Susan Stryker
My Story by Caroline Cossy
Hidden in Plain Sight by Leslie D. Townsend (2002, Paperback)…
Lesbians Talk Transgender (Lesbians Talk Issues) by Zachary I Natif…
The Woman I Was Not Born to Be : A Transsexual Journey by Aleshia Brevard
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Blending Genders : Social Aspects of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing
Sex Change, Social Change By Viviane Namaste
Presentations of Gender by Robert Stoller
The Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of Gender
Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach
Transgender Nation by Gordene Olga MacKenzie
Lessons from the Intersexed by Suzanne J. Kessler
Suits Me : The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood …
This is just the initial offering more will follow.