Trans: A Memoir

Trans A Memoir Moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery SRS I am obliged to stop taking my hormones I suddenly feel very differently about my forth

  • Title: Trans: A Memoir
  • Author: Juliet Jacques
  • ISBN: 9781784781651
  • Page: 129
  • Format: ebook
  • Moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery SRS , I am obliged to stop taking my hormones I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming operation In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised national newMoving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery SRS , I am obliged to stop taking my hormones I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming operation In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised national newspaper column Trans tells of her life to the present moment a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics.Fresh from university, eager to escape a dead end job, she launches a career as a writer in a publishing culture dominated by London cliques and still figuring out the impact of the Internet She navigates the treacherous waters of a world where, even in the liberal and feminist media, transgender identities go unacknowledged, misunderstood or worse Yet through art, film, music, politics and football, Jacques starts to become the person she had only imagined, and begins the process of transition Interweaving the personal with the political, her memoir is a powerful exploration of debates that comprise trans politics, issues which promise to redefine our understanding of what it means to be alive.Revealing, honest, humorous, and self deprecating, Trans includes an epilogue with Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be , in which Jacques and Heti discuss the cruxes of writing and identity.From the Hardcover edition.

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    About "Juliet Jacques"

    1. Juliet Jacques

      Juliet Jacques born Redhill, Surrey in 1981 is a British journalist, critic and writer of short fiction, known for her work on the transgender experience, including her transition as a trans woman.She grew up in Horley, and attended Reigate Grammar School for two years before her parents moved her to a local comprehensive school, followed by the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, West Sussex, studying History at the University of Manchester and then Literature and Film at the University of Sussex.In 2007, she published a book on English avant garde author Rayner Heppenstall for Dalkey Archive Press, and her memoir, entitled Trans, will appear on Verso Books in 2015 She has written regular columns for The Guardian, on gender identity and The New Statesman, on literature, film, art and football, and published extensively on film in Filmwaves, Vertigo and Cineaste She began writing a chronicle of her gender reassignment in 2010, which was widely praised She contributed a section in Sheila Heti s book, Women in Clothes in 2014.She was longlisted for The Orwell Prize in 2011 for her series on gender reassignment In 2012 she was selected as one of The Independent on Sunday Pink List s most influential journalists, and was also included in the 2013 list from

    597 thoughts on “Trans: A Memoir”

    1. ‘Trans’ and ‘memoir’ are, somewhat unfortunately, two words that tend to go together. When it comes to literature it is a genre to which transgender people have long been confined by publishers and a public hungry for sensational narratives of gender-crossing. But critical work by trans people seeking to challenge some of the overly simplistic narratives which dominate in memoir and elsewhere has been developing since the 1990s. One of the best known and earliest of these critical interv [...]

    2. I picked this up as part of my drive to read books by different female voices. I've read a couple of reviews by people who were disappointed it didn't focus more on Juliet's physical experience, and one or two saying the writing was detached - but I felt she explained exactly why she took that approach. Those very personal confessional narratives about being trapped in the wrong body didn't apply to her, and she's spent a lot of time trying to move discourse away from that narrative, which seems [...]

    3. I liked many things about this book. I learned a lot about transgender theory and I got a real sense of how dispiriting and frightening it is to live with the day-to-day realities of transphobia and fear of violence. I thought the social aspects of transition and the physical aspects of surgery were well handled: just enough detail that you knew what was going on, but never prurient or inviting the reader to dwell on them. The thing I struggled with a bit was that I felt the sections on Juliet's [...]

    4. A deeply personal insight into the process of gender transition, with plenty of commentary about the cultural climate in Brighton and Manchester in the early 2000s. I particularly liked reading about Jacques' relationship with music and the local scenes, and thought she articulated quite acutely and evocatively how it feels to be dysphoric and what that means for everyday existence as a trans person. I also liked that the theoretical side of things was explained mostly in layman's terms - femini [...]

    5. Absolutely loved this and couldn't recommend it more, definitely going to be distractedly reading Juliet's essays over the coming weeks at work. Just found one where she is reviewing Chris Kraus' latest book, nicely combining many interests. If I sound incoherent just trust me on this - go buy this book from Verso books and read it for yourself.

    6. "What if we’re not trapped in the wrong body but trapped in the wrong society?"Part autobiography, part Trans theory, I feel that the combination worked well. The beginning of the book was hard for me to get into as after the first chapter I felt very disoriented. It took me awhile to realize Juliet lives in Great Britain and to translate the slang and cultural references. Also it was hard to pinpoint characters as they seemed to crop up and disappear disjointedly. The book really picks up and [...]

    7. Disclaimer, there could be several details listed here that could count as spoilers.This was such a good read, I didn't want the book to end. But like all memoirs of people who are alive and well, history is still being written. And memoirs have become a common medium for trans people to convey not only their life story, but their beliefs, what they fight for and their hopes for the future (see Redefining Realness, Daring to Be Myself -by Janet Mock and Laverne Cox respectively, just to mention [...]

    8. I have a number of thoughts on this book. Firstly, I like Juliet Jacques. People have made the criticism that this book is more about her than about 'transition'; the stupidity of that criticism aside, I think she's smart and funny and tbh, can relate to her as someone who also liked Morrissey well past the age that someone should be liking Morrissey. Also more seriously, I like her as someone else who tried to make sense of their reality through obsessively reading/watching films/docos etc beca [...]

    9. So many books about trans individuals are a) written by cis people, b) focus on transition as the only viable storyline in a trans person's life, or both a & b.Juliet is a fantastic writer. This book felt like a conversation with an intimate friend - colloquial, friendly, and inclusive of life beyond the scope of transition. In the epilogue, she expresses that she didn't want the entire arc of her book to be surgery - she has succeeded magnificently at this. This should be on everyone's to-r [...]

    10. I really wanted to like this. I kept reading far past the point of getting something out of this. But ultimately, I just did not enjoy reading Julia Jacques' memoir. My theory is that she simply didn't want to write a memoir, as she reveals -- she just doesn't think that trans writers should be confined to confessional autobiographical writing. I agree! And ultimately, I think that her writing about trans history, interspersed throughout her memoir, is far stronger.That said, the writing in and [...]

    11. In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery—a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised national newspaper column. Trans tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics.I saw Juliet at the Edinburgh Book Festival and found her discussion about the book really interesting - that she wanted to tell her own story but also offer a jumping off point in te [...]

    12. Stunning memoir of being a trans-woman and transitioning after college. Jacques writes from the heart, but ties in numerous educational points. I found myself looking up every movie, band, and book she mentioned, determined to view them after I finished her book. One of the best things that Jacques adds to her memoir that separates it from others is the parallel trans history sections at the end of certain chapters. They correlate her story with the history of the movement so that any person cou [...]

    13. A well written memoir. At first I questioned the author's decision to start with her sex reassignment surgery and then move back in time to the journey that led there, but after I got further in, I didn't much care how the story was told; all that mattered was that it was. A brave, honest book.

    14. Really interesting mix of personal experience and trans cultural history. The sense of setting was strong and the interview at the end was a great way to finish.

    15. Trans: A Memoir is an often gripping (and sometimes lagging) memoir, in which Juliet Jacques documents her struggles with gender dysphoria, anxiety and depression, and ruminates on her experiences while undergoing sex realignment surgery. At times Trans seemed to lag or feel too long, but I would still recommend the memoir to those interested in trans issues, gender identity and society’s response to these issues.There were two reasons I have not given this memoir a higher rating. First, the d [...]

    16. It was an interesting read. She writes well when it comes to things like music and literature, although some things come off as rather smug. When it comes to gender theory and politics, she does not seem to be very interested in theorising, which is fine enough, but was still disappointing. Especially since she's not giving actual arguments for her opinions.This is an interesting look at her life so far, but not so much about gender or a memoir per se. (Also I got to be honest : I don't think I [...]

    17. Honestly reading this after meeting Juliet and hearing her speak is half of what makes the book - going into it knowing what Juliet was trying to achieve re: trans narratives and her thoughts about trans memoirs. (She does explain a bit more in the epilogue if you don't quite get it from the actual narrative). But even if I hadn't heard Juliet speak this still would've been an amazing book and anyway who likes gender theory, feminism, or is just interested in the memoir genre should definitely r [...]

    18. It was an interesting read but it felt impersonal, lacking depth you’d expect from a first person account on gender-transitioning. This was perhaps intentional; the author mentions her struggles with her personal vs professional and online vs offline personas.

    19. Appearing at the start as a pleasantly-written memoir, Trans in fact contains serious exploration of the history and politics of transgender identity. It effectively covers the years where supposed liberals such as myself had to learn a new language for and perspective on gender.

    20. I especially appreciated that this memoir is written by Juliet Jacques who is British. It's too easy to make a home inside the American bubble and so the perspective from across the pond was refreshing.

    21. Very good account on transitioning that isn't obsessed with surgery and has plenty of history weaved into it. Angry just the right amount and fantastic in the way it talks about mental health.

    22. Just wonderful! Of course about the specific issues of a transgendered woman, but also about relationships, culture, change and authenticity. I loved it.

    23. I learnt so much yet feel like a barely scratched the surface by reading this book. Biggest shock was that some forms of feminism are very brutal towards trans people! I cannot understand why we need to bash each other up instead of working together for a world of tolerance! I bookmarked a range of classic books Jacques highlighted and am keen to read more. A solid 3 stars :)

    24. I just loved this. I think Jacques is about my age & I really enjoyed some of the parallels between our lives, from feeling like an outsider, to loving The Smiths. I'm sure it wasn't her intention, but the book is really successful in normalising her experiences as a whole person, which makes a refreshing chance from (often second-hand) accounts where trans people are pathologised & reduced to tired stereotypes. I want to buy this for everyone I know. I also really want to make friends w [...]

    25. Really terrible memoir. The opening chapter is what hooked me (which can be found in various places). The author describes waking up from her SRS (sex reassignment surgery) and we are then transported back in time as the author describes her journey to how we got the introduction. It sounded very fascinating: I recently read Janet Mock's book and while these were *very* different experiences I thought it might be good to compare and contrast them. Honestly, this memoir was a terrible read. It s [...]

    26. Cuando compré este libro esperaba encontrarme con la historia de una mujer trans y su proceso de transición. Al principio, y basado en el primer capítulo, pensé que justo eso era. Me equivoqué. "Trans" va mucho más allá de la historia de una mujer transexual. me atrevo a decir que es todo un tratado de teoría transexual, género, identidad y salud mental, y de cómo todo lo que nos rodea; la música, el deporte, las artes; refuerza o no ese sentido de identidad. Juliet Jacques deja muy c [...]

    27. I had to zoom through this so that I could return it to the friend who lent it to me. Overall it was an enjoyable and easy read. However I felt that it wasn't the book Jacques really wanted to write. It seemed she was forced into writing a memoir despite her misgivings about the genre and would rather have written about trans theory and politics. This is a shame because for me the personal sections worked better than the theory parts, which seemed shoehorned in. I'm sure she has many interesting [...]

    28. Trans: A Memoir is a persuasive and appealing exploration of the transgender experience. Jacques examines the plight of the transgendered person, particularly the ways in which "passing" as a member of the opposite gender is too often met with ridicule, scorn, and threats of violence. The book's strengths are its final two to three chapters. In these chapters, Jacques moves forward with sexual reassignment surgery while exploring the daunting responsibility of being a fledgling transgender voice [...]

    29. After having read memoirs like Nelson's Argonauts, this book disappointed me. I liked her account of the very quotidian experience of transness, of what it means to be trans in a still unforgiving, cruel world that continues to subject trans folks to violence. But in many ways, Jacques' book missed many opportunities to engage with trans theory and to think through Jacques' own experience. Repeatedly, Jacques mentions that she learned about and engaged with trans theory, but we get mostly brief, [...]

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