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Publisher's Summary

"I know I'm not a man...and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman, either.... The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other." 

With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers listeners on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. On one level, Gender Outlaw details Bornstein's transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.

Gender Outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some 20-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work - one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

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wonderful book read very well by an amazing person

Kate Bornstein is an amazing person and it's just fabulous to hear all her emphasis and enunciations. you can really get an idea of how the boom sounds in the authors own head, and I loved every minute of it!

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Gives you pause, paws, and claws

What she said! ^ I was hearing sentences I never knew how to put together for myself.

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Life-saver/changer. Brilliant.

Books read by the author are almost always a no-go for me, but in this case Kate's reading of her own material raises the caliber of said material from merely incredible to nearly mind-blowing. She is a trained actor, which helps, but she's more than that: She is someone speaking so intimately and directly to her audience you can almost see her lips moving.

This book found me at a time in my life where I was experiencing the very things she writes so passionately about. She gave me the words and, with them, a safe space. This book feels like family. If you're a queer person of any stripe, or an ally, or just someone who appreciates stunning autobios... listen.

A beautiful piece of work.

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Kate Bornstein is Magnificent

This books would be great for any and all gender rebels! The updated version is lovely and the play at the end was a pleasant surprise!

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Really amazing.

Just an inspirational performance. I always look for author narrated pieces and was very happy to be able to experience this one since my daughter was born male.

Thank you Kate for sharing with us all. In this case you definite connected with your audience.

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lovely

great book narrated by Kate Bornstein. last chapter is hard to listen but overall it is great

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Entertaining and informative

I think this book is great for anyone who wants to understand more about gender: for oneself, as a parent, as a teacher, therapist, etc. The book was funny, engaging and thought-provoking. I love the authors playful way of relating and talking about gender.

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  • 08-30-22

Incredible generosity of insight

Kate was very much before their time in writing the original version of this so many years ago. The writing is inclusive and authentic, opening up a topic that for many of us is something we’ve taken for granted and not questioned in terms of how we live our own lives. I have come away from the book with a new comfort in understanding myself and seeing how the system of binary gender holds people back, including those who are confidently cis gender. The lack of unnecessary polemics which I find are quite common in books by other writers speaking about gender and transition really helped me to connect with new topics and new ways of thinking without being made to feel an outsider. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the battleground that is gender and how it is holding society back.

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  • 04-02-21

A masterpiece

Kate is incredibly open, witty and thoughtful in this telling of her colourful gender journey

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  • 03-12-20

it's really nice,it help you to be less afraid

it help me to be more open obout my gender idea and who knows maybe to try out new things. thanks.

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  • Trev
  • 11-07-21

DIDN'T PUT IT DOWN, ONCE!

BRILLIANT READ, A MUST FOR ALL! Kate Speaks Her True Self & Delves Deep Into Every Issue Transgender People Suffer Daily, Really Enjoyable Though! Not A Negative NANCY That's For Sure!*****