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Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
2019
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Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob Tobia invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a blueprint for a world free from gender-based trauma. Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won't soon forget. Writing with the fierce honesty, wildly irreverent humour, and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into men and women and guarantees that you'll never think about gender - both other people's and your own - the same way again.
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Tobia, who uses ""they"" and ""their"" as pronouns, is a gifted storyteller. Their fascinating story begins with life as a feminine little boy, whose best friends were girls, to graduation summa cum laude from Duke as a proud trans person. Along the way, it's a classic coming-of-age story that doubles as a quest to discover one's gender identity. Sissy, they write, was the first gender identity I ever had, the first word the world ever gave me. Gay (a term Tobia detests) arrives later as they come out of the closet and begin to reject a binary identity. Other words follow as they mature: transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, etc. Words are obviously important in considering gender, but so is incident. A transformative moment comes when, as a teenager, Tobia buys a pair of women's shoes with high heels, no less and ultimately wears them to church. Surprisingly for a gay person they write, Church was my saving grace. Nevertheless, their relationship with their church becomes uneasy at one significant point before they are able to return to its grace. The most interesting part of the story, however, concerns Tobia's years at Duke, where, they note, they were a Big Queen on Campus. These were also the years when they ultimately found their gender as a trans person. Always thoughtful, Tobia writes extremely well, with insight, lucidity, occasional anger, and, when things get too serious, wit. The result is, hands down, one of the best trans narratives available; it deserves a place in every library.--Michael Cart Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
A Quick Manifestop. 11
Part IKiddo
Chapter 1The Girls Next Doorp. 23
Chapter 2Nerds and Wizards and Jesus, Oh My!p. 50
Chapter 3Inharmonious Hormonesp. 66
Part IITeenage Dreams
Chapter 4A Very Dramatic (First) Coming Outp. 101
Chapter 5In My Own Two Shoes, On My Own Two Feetp. 134
Part IIIBig Queen on Campus
Chapter 6A Gothic Wonderland, a Major Letdownp. 177
Chapter 7Beloved Tokenp. 213
Chapter 8Sissy, Femme, Queer, and Proudp. 252
Chapter 9Dear Mom and Dadp. 300
Epilogue Notes to Selfp. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 317
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