• Unbound

  • Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity
  • By: Arlene Stein
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Unbound

By: Arlene Stein
Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
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Publisher's Summary

An intimate portrait of a new generation of transmasculine individuals as they undergo gender transitions

Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein takes us into the lives of four strangers who find themselves together in a sun-drenched surgeon’s office, having traveled to Florida from across the United States in order to masculinize their chests. Ben, Lucas, Parker, and Nadia wish to feel more comfortable in their bodies; three of them are also taking testosterone so that others recognize them as male. Following them over the course of a year, Stein shows how members of this young transgender generation, along with other gender dissidents, are refashioning their identities and challenging others’ conceptions of who they are. During a time of conservative resurgence, they do so despite great personal costs.   

Transgender men comprise a large, growing proportion of the trans population, yet they remain largely invisible. In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Stein draws from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists and medical and psychological experts. Unbound documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves and how they are changing our understanding of what it means to be male and female in America.

©2018 Arlene Stein (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Earnest, diligent and defiantly optimistic....What gives this book its real heat - is more personal; it’s the challenge posed to [Stein's] own cherished beliefs." (Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

“A book written by a sociologist who writes like a novelist. It's a rare nonfiction page-turner and an important book.” (Rebecca Makkai, Conde Nast Traveler)

"Sensitive....A much needed primer for those who are puzzled by contemporary discussions about gender." (The New Yorker)

“Moves beyond the popular fixation on bathroom politics to explore individual lives.” (The Washington Post)

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Good info. Extremely Repetitive

Good info repeated and repeated and repeated. Could have been a great essay. Took too long telling the first story of Ben. Not sure what author’s lesbian perspective added to a transgender book.

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For Curious Outsiders

Not for trans masculine people but an excellent entry point for those who love them.

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Hetero Author’s experience, not Trans Experience

As a trans person, this book was pretty hard to read. I deeply appreciate the work this author is doing to better understand the trans community, however a lot of what they talk about is either laced with internalized trans phobia or seeking to fit trans people into the binary. They talk plenty about the fact that many trans people do not fit into said binary, but they put the binary on a pedestal and make it seem like if you want fit in this, your like will be extremely hard. Speaking from my own experience, this is simply not true for a lot of the trans community. I deal with some of fear of closed minded and ignorant people, but i have found so much joy in choosing to be the non binary human that I am and I have no desire to fit into said binary. I’m not saying everyone should avoid this book, but rather that you read it with a grain of salt. Don’t just take the author at their word. Do your own work too.

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Recommended

I totally recommend this audio book, is so helpful for people like me as a trans man and also is going to help others to get a better understanding.