Sissies and Tomboys: Gender Nonconformity and Homosexual Childhood

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Matthew Rottnek
NYU Press, 1999 - 308 Seiten
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In 1973, homosexuality was officially depathologized with a revision in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry. In 1980, a new diagnosis appeared: Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (GID). The shift separated gender from sexuality, while it simultaneously reinforced traditional concepts of "male" and "female" and made it possible for cross-gendered behavior and/or identification to be deemed psychiatric illness.

What is the difference then between a child being called a sissy on the playground and being labeled with a disorder in a psychiatric hospital? Combining theory and personal narrative, this volume interrogates the meaning of "the normal" that pervades the literature on GID and investigates the theoretical underpinnings of the diagnosis. Sissies and Tomboys considers how the stigma of illness influences a child's development and what homosexual childhood, freed from the constraints of conventionally acceptable gender expression, might look like.

 

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Inhalt

Diagnosis and Treatment of Gender
9
Ethical Issues in Diagnosing
34
Is Gender Essential?
52
Queering the Center by Centering
58
Notes on Girlyboys
107
The Girls
140
Masculinity and the Tomboy
153
Sexing the Tomboy
180
Butch in a Tutu
209
Such a Polite Little Boy
226
Las Nenas con las Nenas Los Nenes
236
Boys Dont Do That
245
The Boy Who Grew Up to Be a Woman
263
The Golden Book of the Civil War
274
Select Bibliography
289
Contributors
295

My Life as a Boy
199

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Über den Autor (1999)

Matthew Rottnek is the former Assistant Director at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) of the City University of New York.

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