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The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution By Pagan Kennedy,

  • Title: The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution
  • Author: Pagan Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9781596910157
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the 1920s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman s body, there were no words to describe her condition transsexuals had yet to enter common usage And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes Laura Dillon did all she could on her own she cut her hair, dressed in men s clothing, bound her breasts with a belt But in a desperate bid toIn the 1920s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman s body, there were no words to describe her condition transsexuals had yet to enter common usage And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes Laura Dillon did all she could on her own she cut her hair, dressed in men s clothing, bound her breasts with a belt But in a desperate bid to feel comfortable in her own skin, she experimented with breakthrough technologies that ultimately transformed the human body and revolutionized medicine From upper class orphan girl to Oxford lesbian, from post surgery romance with Roberta Cowell an early male to female to self imposed exile in India, Michael Dillon s incredible story reveals the struggles of early transsexuals and challenges conventional notions of what gender really means.
    The First Man Made Man The Story of Two Sex Changes One Love Affair and a Twentieth Century Medical Revolution In the s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman s body there were no words to describe her condition transsexuals had yet to enter common usage And there was no known solution to be

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    1. I bought this book long before Bruce Jenner s transition to Caitlyn Jenner was even a whisper because I have long been fascinated by what constitutes gender v sex Having minored in psychology in college, I have long believed that we all live on a gender spectrum I mean I look back at my childhood when my mom sometimes got really freaked out at my resistance to wearing girly clothes I was a raging tomboy, and I preferred jeans and sports clothes to dresses and halter tops My sister, on the other [...]

    2. So this was promisinge story of one of the first FtMs and their weird relationship with one of the first MtFs However, it was horribly written and not very informative There are a few good factoids, e.g a popular medical procedure used to be grafting a goats testicles onto your own for vitality and the whole history of endocrinology is always fascinating But, I can t believe this got reviewed favorably in the NY Times Whose daughter is Ms Kennedy

    3. Michael Dillon s life, chronicled in this book, is fascinating, but unfortunately Kennedy does not do it justice The tone was much novelistic than biographical As the monk s robe swirled around his calves in front of Michael, he wondered if , and this paired with her extensive reference to his biography made me wonder if perhaps it might have been interesting to just read his autobiography itself, for those willing to slog through it and with the proper context But that hasn t been published, [...]

    4. While the story of Michael Dillon, the history of trans folks in the world, and as a nurse the medical history of the development of gender reassignment surgery were interesting to me, I was frustrated by the author s tone and intentional refusal to use current language to describe the real people she wrote about It was clear that Kennedy is a cis person without a horse in the race for trans rights as she states in a disclaimer that she doesn t intend to be political But the lives of trans peopl [...]

    5. Okay, the subtitle made it sound trashy, but I thought it was worth a go I ve always been fascinated by the various journeys trans and intersex people go through I m also quite interested in liminality, whether it s in terms of sex or gender or sexuality or various combinations thereof.Although reading about Michael Dillon s early journey was definitely interesting, particularly the feelings of not quite fitting and the ways he found to try to fit in, what I really found interesting was the way [...]

    6. I devoured this book with a speed seldom devoted to reading.It touches on how Dr Gillies came to create a flap from skin to create a phallus, it repositions accurately even just within a white supremacist account of history, nevermind a larger one Christine Jorgasen, Harry Benjamin and company who often get the first attached to their accomplishments.I am now on the look out for Liz Hodgkinson s Michael N e Laura 1989 , Dillon Jivaka s Self A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology 1946 and Imji Gets [...]

    7. Awfully short, with a misleading title.There s no love affair.The medical revolution doesn t begin for 3 decades.This book is depressing as hell The first man to transition medically figures out how to make stuff happen, becomes a doctor, writes a groundbreaking book on gender confirmation and endocrinology, goes crazy from the intense, constant transphobia he encounters, and goes to India to meditate where he encounters transphobia Engaging and well written, not dry or boring, but not exactly [...]

    8. Loved this book, hate the subtitle including love affair , that s not what this book is about, and while the book was a great read that I couldn t put down the subtitle does exactly what the author writes about tabloids sensationalizing trans folks The subtitle reminds me of the ever so common experience of someone being an awesome trans ally and being super on it, then ma am ing me at the end of the convo WTF The author should have just left the title to the first man made man Period Other than [...]

    9. This book is FASCINATING It s all about the first transsexuals Let me tell you, I am so completely engrossed in this book It s not that long of a book and Pagan Kennedy writes pretty clearly, so all the facts aren t confusing I do have trouble keeping the dates down Pagan jumps around a bit, but it works I m just bad with dates What can I say Anyway, the things you ll learn about tolerance in the world, medicinal advances let s give people pills without testing the side effects , feminism, gende [...]

    10. I m looking for language on this topic This book isn t really providing much new language because it simplifies, but it s still a fascinating docket on a matter For every phenomena there is a first occurrence, this is a very well told sensitive treatment of the first recorded FTM transition using medical science.Also weaves in stories of other gender characters in the media frenzy in the 40s 50s Easy read with fun facts, but not particularly thought provoking.

    11. Born a femaleTransitioned to male with testosterone and penile surgeryWas the doctor on a merchant shipWent to India to become a monkNo love affair within these pagesStill an interesting story of a man much ahead of his time in a world with much narrower minds than now.Kennedy s writing is bland but effective but at times a little too fictiony.Roberta Cowell was in much need of plastic surgery, her face still very mannish after vagina surgery.

    12. This book was really interesting Throughout I was struck with the difficulties of using the correct pronouns and currently accepted terminology when writing about one of the first documented trans man who underwent hormone treatment as well as surgery to pass In the western world, at least, I don t know much about the history of trans people in other areas of the world An interesting biography of an interesting man.

    13. Although I ve really liked Pagan Kennedy s other books, this one was a tough one to get through The writing was fine, and the topic history of sex change and gender was interesting, but the story of Michael Dillon was really frustrating for me It seems like he had every chance to be successful, and aside from his family, most people accepted him, but he had about the most unhappy life that I have ever read about.

    14. As much as this is a topic near and dear to my heart, I couldn t force myself to finish the book The author jumps around from topic to topic without any clear segways, and the writing is highly unengaging Despite wanting people to learn and understand about the transgendered population, I wouldn t recommend this book There are too many others out there that are much, much easy to read and understand.

    15. I only read half of this book, but it s an easy, swift read that gets ya interestede characters are definitely memorable and unique Historically unique, too, since it s about some of the 1st well, 20th century firsts trans people who advocated for trans rights and or gained public notoriety Dillon re makes his entire body, and it s an interesting character study as well as good historical context Really easy read Good for an intro to gender studies college course.

    16. Kind of interesting, but a bit colorless The source material Kennedy was working from couldn t have been easy it was contradictory and spotty I did like learning something about the history of treatments for trans people, painful as it is It was mostly about Michael Dillon, a trans man who managed to stay out of the spotlight and almost out of history.

    17. I don t think this story is a five star book for everyone But for me, it was I connected on emotions with this story that transcended any literary quibbles I may have had I wasn t especially taken aback by the writing, but simply the story and the great depths of knowledge I gained about the world s history in sex, gender, and all the misfits.

    18. An inclusive as far as I know history on transsexuals transgenderism The voice and angle are great, and the book is very informative Started reading it for a social work essay, and finished the rest out of interest Also explains where the term transgender came from and I won t spoil it for you

    19. Interesting and tragic book about the life of the first transsexual to successfully transition, after surgery, from a woman to a man I found Laura Michael Dillon s story very sad he really never was able to fit in to society and died penniless in India after his attempts at becoming a monk failed when he made his genetic gender known.

    20. An interesting, if not terribly in depth, biography of not only Michael Dillon, but with mini biographies of Roberta Cowell, Harold Gilles and other key figures The most interesting part of the book is the medical history of sexual reassignment treatments Alas, this too is all to brief Made for an easy read, but I realize I would have liked .

    21. I wanted to be both fascinated and enlightened Silly me I was neither Numbingly badly written didn t know whether it wanted to be a story or a set of journal articles Not much context, hardly any reflection or thoughtfulness at all Notes bibliography worthless No glossary Almost no photos Almost no science.

    22. This book was fascinating I had read Bohjalian s fictional Trans sister Radio and Eugenides s fictional Middlesex plus Jennifer Finney Boylan s memoir She s Not There before I read this This packs a powerful punch It s not an easy read, but I am VERY GLAD that I read this.

    23. The book present information for those interested in some of the historical roots of the ftm transgender experience Some parts are better than others But it is worth a read to understand the long road transguys have had to walk down to become who they are.

    24. i really liked this book it was an interesting historical take on sex change operations there was definitely some uneveness to the writing, but the story was really great and held my attention all the way through definitely a fascinating book.

    25. The first female to male transsexual in England eventually fled to become a monk in Tibet What are the odds

    26. A comprehensive narrative of the concepts of sex and gender evolving alongside medicine and vice versa Well researched and told.

    27. This is a great story of some of the first sex change operations The love affair comment in the title is a little overblown, so don t expect titalation.

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