Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience




      Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience
Matt Kailey lived as a straight woman for the first forty two years of his life Though happy as a social worker and teacher, he knew something wasn t right Then he made some changes With the help of a good therapist, chest surgery, and some strong doses of testosterone, Kailey began his journey toward becoming a man As his body morphed and his voice dropped, Kailey began noticing subtle shifts in the way he was treated Men suddenly stopped offering to change flat tires for him but insisted on talking to him about women and bodily functions Women got nervous when he baby talked to their infants but routinely asked him to move heavy things around the office In these everyday exchanges, Kailey recognized the many ways we define what it means to be male He also realized that, with few role models, he had to learn to accept himself as a person between two genders.As he writes about his transition from female to male, Kailey answers all the questions you ve ever had about what it s like to live as a transsexual From the fear of public restrooms to deciding whether to pack his pants, Kailey explains what the world looks like from his new vantage point a position people are discovering as gender transitions become increasingly common More than a memoir, Just Add Hormones is full of sound advice for those who may be questioning their gender And through his story, Kailey offers valuable insights to the families and friends of those who have started a transition Funny, fresh, and incredibly candid, Just Add Hormones can help us all consider and even laugh at our own notions of what it means to be a man or a woman. Download Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience – heartforum.co.uk

Matthew Scott Kailey March 17, 1955 May 18, 2014 was a trans male author, educator, and transgender activist.Kailey was born in 1955 in Omaha, Nebraska to Shirley and George Rod Kailey He earned a BA in Sociology and Psychology at Iowa State University and an MA in Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City He later moved to Colorado and began a career as a social caseworker.Kailey began his female to male transition at the age of 42, transitioning from a straight woman to a gay trans man After leaving social work, he became a writer for Out Front Colorado, one of the country s oldest LGBT publications In 2007 he became its managing editor, making Kailey the highest ranking trans journalist of an LGBT publication.Kailey documented his gender transition in his books Just Add Hormones An Insider s Guide to the Transsexual Experience 2005 and Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects 2012 He wrote a guidebook, My Child is Transgender 10 Tips for Parents of Adult Trans Children He wrote an award winning blog, Tranifesto, spoke at numerous conferences, and offered workplace training on transgender issues He also taught courses in psychology, human sexuality, and transgender studies at Red Rocks Community College and Metropolitan State University of Denver.Kailey died in his sleep of heart failure on May 18, 2014.

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  • Hardcover
  • 171 pages
  • Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience
  • Matt Kailey
  • English
  • 24 July 2019
  • 0807079588

10 thoughts on “ Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience

  1. Evan says:

    Informative, interesting A simple, straight ha foward book about Matt s experiences in the world as a transguy Invaluable in the sense that there are very few books written about female to male transexuals from their own point of view The book is neatly divided into sections, such as, Trans Minds, Trans Identity, Trans bodies, Trans Sexuality, Trans Pride, and Po...

  2. A says:

    In terms of helping a general audience understand transsexualism, what transition involves, why people need it, and the particular issues trans people as a community face, this is a pretty good book Kailey also seems to be aiming to educate trans people curious about transition and understanding the difficulties they will face throughout the process and after, and I think he achieves these aims as well His style is straightforward, with a conversational, occasionally light tone that makes for In terms of helping a general audience understa...

  3. Adrianne says:

    What would you think of a newly out book titled Just Add Hormones with a cover design featuring two huge test tubes, the sort you expect to see on a biochemistry manual Clinical, too clinical is what I thought,than probably sterile of humor and devoid of linguistic merit I have been misled I noted the title at the bottom of my gender studies to read list, and it wasn t until after I had pretty much read everything else available in the field, that I eventually did pick a copy of What would you think of a newly out book titled Just Add Hormones with a cover design featuring two huge test tubes, the sort you...

  4. Ben says:

    Yay An easy to read book of reasonable length about what it s like to be transsexual today specifically female to male, though the author does a great job of expressing the universality of The Trans Experience opening in Vegas August 2008 Cool cover design Kailey s writing style is engaging and personable, with a great mix of personal anecdotes and broad examples Yay, talking about gender neutral bathrooms Though I understand that the book is about transsexuals rather than transgenders, Yay An easy to read book of reasonable length about what it s like to be transsexual today specifically female to male, though the author does a great job of expressing the universality of The Trans Experience opening in Vegas A...

  5. Julian Pecenco says:

    A reasonable book, with some interesting observations, but it didn t really flow very well I had really hoped forof a memoir, and it left me wanting to knowof his personal story, particularly given his experience of being so femme as a female I recognize that for those those new to trans issues, some background might be needed, but it really felt muchlike yet another Trans 101, rather than an engaging memoir I m currently in the midst of listening to Chaz Bono s new book, A reasonable book, with some interesting observations, but it didn t really flow very well I had really hoped forof...

  6. Arna says:

    2.5 3 stars for me I purchased this book as I currently have a family member undergoing female to male transition, and I was interested to read about the experience from the point of view of someone who has been there and done...

  7. Courtney says:

    Incredibly shallow and simplified account of the trans experience Kailey s half defensive, half preachy tone accented by trite, unfunny similes did little to enlighten the reader as to the motivations and internal struggle felt by the trans community Perhaps this...

  8. JM says:

    Society has a seething obsession for everything that breeds limits categories, labels, definitions, norms Intangible stoppers Imagined walls From a practical point of view, these limits are necessary to maintain order The problem, however, lies in society s inclination for confinement We tend to put too much faith in givens that, when alternatives and other possibilities turn up, we either crouch back in irrational fear or launch headfirst in irrational hostility This overblown faith in Society has a seething obsession for everything that breeds limits categories, labels, definitions, norms Intangible stoppers Imagined walls From a practical point of view, these limits are necessary to maintain order The problem, however, lies in society s inclination for confinement We tend to put too much faith in givens that, when alternatives and other possibilities turn up, we either crouch back in irrational fear or launch headfirst in irrational hostility This overblown faith in givens is manifested in heteronormativity in the binary gender system, in strict and razor sharp definitions of masculinity, femininity, and now, even of homo, bi and trans sexuality.Matt Kailey s Just Add Hormones An Insider s Guide to the Transsexual Experience challenges society s predisposition towards restrictions and restrictiveness In less than two hundred pages, Kailey gives an extensive and occasionally hilarious walkthrou...

  9. Danni Green says:

    I appreciated reading pieces of the author s story, as I always appreciate reading trans people s tellings of their own stories It felt frustrating that the author overgeneralizes from his own experience to try to portray a sense of universality to the trans narrative which doe...

  10. David Som says:

    This was one of the first pieces of trans literature I ever read, and to this day it holds a dear place in my heart and memory In Just Add Hormones, Matt Kailey tells his story of his experience as a trans man and how he has coped with both the good and bad along the way.

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