Authenticity, Identity, and Embodiment: The Struggle for Inclusion in Lesbian Space

Authenticity, Identity, and Embodiment: The Struggle for Inclusion in Lesbian Space Sex Roles (2008) 59:296–297 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9401-y BOOK REVIEW Authenticity, Identity, and Embodiment: The Struggle for Inclusion in Lesbian Space Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional and Queer Perspectives. Edited by Angela P. Aragón, Binghamton, New York, Harrington Park Press, 2006. 270 pp. $19.95 (paperback). ISBN-13: 978-1-56023-645-0 Heidi M. Levitt & Sharon G. Horne Published online: 18 March 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 This thought-provoking text, Challenging Lesbian Norms: identity can be construed as more or less inclusive of trans Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional and Queer Perspec- identities or people with trans partners. tives, should be required reading for gender and queer The experiential chapters help the reader to envision what studies courses, lesbian reading groups, and for researchers it is like to embody a trans identity. The editor’s introduction headed to the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. Telling the story frames the book by being explicit about the challenges the of exclusion within marginality, these voices draw out editor has faced in coming out as an intersexed scholar and current conceptualizations of lesbian community and female pursing this work. The pain of being ostracized and seen as embodiment and challenge contemporary feminist construc- an inauthentic woman is clear and Sex Roles Springer Journals

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