The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You

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Pub. Date: 2009-10-01
Publisher(s): Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Lambda Literary Award Finalist Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humour and grace, these essays deal with issues from womenÂ’s spaces to the old boys' network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one; throughout, S. Bear Bergman shows us there are things you learn when youÂ’re visibly different from those around you'•whether it's being transgressively gendered or readably queer. As a transmasculine person, Bergman keeps readers breathless and rapt in the freakshow tent long after the midway has gone dark, when the good hooch gets passed around and the best stories get told. Ze offers unique perspectives on issues that challenge, complicate, and confound the "official stories" about how gender and sexuality work.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind Youp. 11
While You Were Awayp. 18
Wrap/tp. 23
Today, I am a Man (And Other Perorations of the Tranny Jewboy)p. 29
Roadside Assistancep. 39
It Only Takes a Minute, Ip. 43
Dutiful Grandchildp. 45
When Will You Be Having the Surgery?p. 51
What's in a Name?p. 55
New Yearp. 64
The Velveteen Trannyp. 68
It Only Takes a Minute, IIp. 88
The Field Guide to Transmasculine Creaturesp. 90
I'm Just Sayingp. 97
Passing the Wordp. 105
Not Getting Killed, with Kindnessp. 113
Getting Myself Homep. 121
The Rule of Twop. 128
Like Lovep. 134
It Only Takes a Minute, IIIp. 141
Seahorse Papap. 143
Writing the Landscapep. 149
Just a Phasep. 155
Bowing to the Beamsp. 160
Gay Men, Queer Men, and Mep. 164
It's Always Easier If You Can Be Something They Recognizep. 171
Shamep. 180
It Only Takes a Minute, IVp. 189
Sing If You're Glad to Be Transp. 191
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