"Small, hidden, mind-blowing: that’s how I remember my transsexual community in 1996." So begins Moxie, a collection of essays written by award-winning author and publisher Jay Sennett. Sennett began living as a man in 1996, a time before the term transgender was commonly used. In the 20 years since, he has experienced many unexpected aspects of being a man, and of living with hormones. Male privilege, ambivalence about transitioning, being diagnosed with a mental illness are just a few of many topics he deals with from the perspective of long experience and an acute sensibility about human nature. For anyone thinking about transitioning and for anyone who has feared discussing the confusing, contradictory and confounding aspects of transition, Moxie can help.
From the Introduction:
"In ways I think younger people today find difficult to comprehend I had few opportunities for connections. AOL ran a few FtM boards. That was it for the internet. No Facebook. No Youtube. No blogs. No websites. FtM International sent their newsletters by mail.There were few people to talk to then. Now there are more people. But I have found among FtMs, then as now, the same silences. Then as now, we never discussed how changing genders enhanced our racial privilege; or how men terrorized and sexually assaulted men they perceive as weaker, more feminine, more faggy; ; or what was involved in changing sexual orientation; or how terrifying it sometimes was to change genders.Then as now, we avoid these difficult conversations.Then as now we chat about superficial changes, deepening voices, sprouting facial hair, the plusses of one injection site over another or coming out. Pre- and post-op photos get taken or video taped and shared."
Essay titles include:
White Trans America has a Black History
Is T Best Served with L and G?
A Pink-Ruffled Shirt Makes the Man
MtFs and Bathroom Panic
A Beautiful Form of Politeness
Our Monumental Desire for the Binary Gender System
Radical Transsexual Acceptance
I am Not Crazy!
Are Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Really Neutral?
Pronouns After Twenty Years on Testosterone
Simplistic Transition Metaphors
What's Up With Cisgender Anyway?
Love, Truth and the Voice