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Female Husbands by Jen Manion (Amherst College, Massachusetts)

Female Husbands

A Trans History

Jen Manion (Amherst College, Massachusetts)

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Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781108483803

The first book-length history of female husbands: people assigned female at birth who transed gender to live fully as men in the United States and United Kingdom. Jen Manion draws on a wealth of sources to offer a dynamic, varied, and complex history of the LGBTQ past.

4 stars out of 5
Christina Patterson
15 Mar 2020

"Manion not only tells their stories, but works hard to flesh them out"

This tension, between the “sexed body” and gender, is at the heart of this extremely thought-provoking book. Manion, who is a professor of history at Amherst College, Massachusetts, has certainly done the research. The stories are culled from thousands of sources. The bibliography runs to nearly 60 pages. This is a work of scholarship by an academic — and it sometimes reads like one. It’s not only the pronouns or the scrupulously correct terminology, it is things like the enthusiastic use of “privilege” as a verb. This is not a book you gallop through. But Manion’s determination is clear: to make us think differently about gender, and look at history through a different lens.