Burn the Binary! - Selected Writings on the Politics of

Burn the Binary! - Selected Writings on the Politics of Trans, Genderqueer and Nonbinary[PDF / Epub] ✅ Burn the Binary! - Selected Writings on the Politics of Trans, Genderqueer and Nonbinary ⚣ Riki Anne Wilchins – Varanus.us An icon of transgender activism for three decades, Riki Wilchins is the author of four influential books on genderqueer, trans politics, and queer theory Riki Wilchins has been a pioneering and influe An icon Binary! - PDF ✓ of transgender activism for three decades, Riki Wilchins is the author of four influential books on genderqueer, trans politics, and queer theory Riki Wilchins has been a pioneering and influential thinker and writer for a quarter of a century Now this single volume offers a selection of Riki s most penetrating and insightful pieces, as well as the best of two decades of Riki s online columns for The Advocate Burn the PDF/EPUB or never before collected Think of this as Riki Wilchin s greatest hits.

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    NOTE I received an advance reader copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinions or the way I talk about the book.It s been a while since I ve read something by Riki Wilchins, but she certainly knows how to leave a lasting impression Between her wide experience and knowledge base to pull from and her Suck it attitude toward injustice, it s hard not to stand out This collection, Burn The Binary just continues to prove that she s NOTE I received an advance reader copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinions or the way I talk about the book.It s been a while since I ve read something by Riki Wilchins, but she certainly knows how to leave a lasting impression Between her wide experience and knowledge base to pull from and her Suck it attitude toward injustice, it s hard not to stand out This collection, Burn The Binary just continues to prove that she s not here to take cis bull shit and never has been.I typically have a tough time reading anthologies and collections Once one part is over, my ADHD mind thinks the whole book should be over So starting a new story essay every few pages is rather frustrating, unlike chapters which are constantly building off of each other However, this book is just one of the few topics that will keep my attention in just about any format Reading this feltlike a biography that a collection of essay, which one could argue it is A lot of these essays are just so personal Even the ones that don t focus on her own life show enough of her personality for anyone familiar with her work to pick it out in a stack.The collection is organized by where the piece was first published instead of chronologically or by topic Yet the jumping around didn t get too confusing for me It felt natural to go from a recount of a specific moment in the transgender rights movement to a piece admiring Leslie Feinberg to a narrative about Wilchin s bottom surgery experience It definitely is a book full of her greatest hits.Final thought Wilchins was one of the loudest voices in the transgender rights movement when it first started, and, although she might not be the first name we think of any, she certainly hasn t slowed her efforts Filled with history, passion, and first hand accounts of the queer experience, Burn the Binary Support Me Elsewhere


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    This collection of Wilchins writings is provocative and thought provoking I felt like everything I thought I believed was being turned inside out and back again Also, Wilchins seems to be speaking to others within the queer community, which felt like a big hug I recently read Serano s WHIPPING GIRL, and this was a perfect follow up book for working through concepts that were still spinning their wheels in my mind Love the hopefulness of this book, too


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    I got an ARC copy of this book.This book was broken down into three sections The first section was from online articles for The Advocate all of which are free to read when you google them I had read some of them while reading another of Wilchins books There was nothing spectacular here Nothing that drew me into wanting to readI was cringing and feeling put off by most of this section If you read Transmetropolitan, then think a boring Spider There were very few points that I could I got an ARC copy of this book.This book was broken down into three sections The first section was from online articles for The Advocate all of which are free to read when you google them I had read some of them while reading another of Wilchins books There was nothing spectacular here Nothing that drew me into wanting to readI was cringing and feeling put off by most of this section If you read Transmetropolitan, then think a boring Spider There were very few points that I could agree with or wanted to readon There were a few good points like that queer people need to validate your queer card before your word matters, which is why I often say that I am queer or trans before I start my ranting on here because I have to provide proof that my word matters Then there is the issue of policing who is and is not trans and what labels are allowed I identify as a transsexual and have been told before that I can t because it is offensive, mind you a cis gay male told me this so I just rated his workshop on the power of language badly as he went on to belittle me and kick me out because I had upset him with my own trans identity Wilchins mentions that she was told that she couldn t be a transsexual as that was an offensive term as well I am surprise that is the only thing they called out with her, honestly My view of transsexual is simple my gender did not change or need to change, my sex did Hence transssexual Wilchins labels people whatever she likes all the time and bashes them into that label until it makes sense to her So I am really surprised that she is only called out once that she mentions This book also had that terrible trans dinosaur piece that equates passing and transitioning young as being transphobic and makes a person not trans So no thank you to this section.The next two sections were from her books One is an anthology, which struck me as weird to pick from The writing was clearly hers, so less weird in the end It still didn t make me want to read this book The anthology is probably better than the sample given The other book is her biggest book, from what I can tell Those pieces were nice to read, but they were scattered and hard to follow at times Wilchins tends to rant and rave There is little theory, lots of playing victim Constantly there is a push of us vs them, with the us ALWAYS being transwomen and male cross dressers At the end of the book, there is a section that says the trans movement follows only what transwomen want and then lists things that are beneficial to so manypeople, its like Wilchins forgets that transmen and gender queer people could want to have jobs and medical care I get the point she was trying to make, but by blanketing it as LOOK TRANSWOMEN or in aWilchins fashion MEN WITH TITS argument it lost a lot of meaning I was fired for being a transman from a job I loved So somehow her view that only transwomen need anti discrimination policies in a workplace really destroyed her arguments for me.If you want to read what Wilchins did right, don t read this one Focus instead of TRANS gressive , where she gives history and things helpful to queers that are willing to move forward instead of breeding infighting because of bad behavior.To seereviews check out


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    DISCLAIMER an Arc is provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review TRIGGER WARNING This is a non fiction book which contains of the notion and stories of genderqueer, LGBTIQ, transphobia, and non binary issues Some words like F word is explicitly written there But what happens when a genderqueer individual who genuinely looks and sounds profoundly non binary, and or masculine, declares in a binary world s he would be most comfortable accessing the girl s restroom DISCLAIMER an Arc is provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review TRIGGER WARNING This is a non fiction book which contains of the notion and stories of genderqueer, LGBTIQ, transphobia, and non binary issues Some words like F word is explicitly written there But what happens when a genderqueer individual who genuinely looks and sounds profoundly non binary, and or masculine, declares in a binary world s he would be most comfortable accessing the girl s restroom To say the least, the optics would no longer work Nor would appeals to practicality What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity which would, personally, be very welcome , but the entire underlying hetero binary structuring of the world that queers must inhabit I would recommend this book to those who share an interest on LGBTIQ and gender arena The book does not only cover the gender theories but also some personal experiences related to the problems faced by most LGBTIQ especially the trans Full review


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    Wilchins is such a good writer, and their takes are consistently thoughtful and interesting However, I didn t realize when I bought the book that a significant part of it reprints Read My Lips , which I had just read and is worth reading in its entirety.


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    I have to say that I got really excited when I saw that Wilchins was going to publish a new book, but I got evenexcited because in this one they were going to deal with genderqueer and nonbinary issues.In this compilation of writings, Wilchins tries to show how their views have changed throughout the years and how they are not afraid to listen to younger people Well the book is divided in three different parts The first one is a compilation of articles that they wrote in 2016 and 2017 I have to say that I got really excited when I saw that Wilchins was going to publish a new book, but I got evenexcited because in this one they were going to deal with genderqueer and nonbinary issues.In this compilation of writings, Wilchins tries to show how their views have changed throughout the years and how they are not afraid to listen to younger people Well the book is divided in three different parts The first one is a compilation of articles that they wrote in 2016 and 2017 They deal with a lot of different topics because they were written in response to certain situations For example, there s an article dealing with the US military The second part of the book getspersonal, which I think it s like that because it presents fragments from their first book One thing that was really interesting to me was the part where they explain their experience with Trans Camp in Michigan It s so fascinating to know all the things they had to do to make cis people engage with them The third part of the book isphilosophical It deals with refutations of quotations by people like Foucault or Butler It s really interesting because they explain how they see it as a genderqueer person My favourite thing about this book is that there is something for everyone The first part leans towards opinion articles, so most of them have a definite structure and deal with broader subjects This was probably my favourite The second part isautobiographical, so we get to knowpersonal things about the author and all the things they have had to deal with in their life and in their activism The third part is definitely leaning towards queer theory It s wayacademic and it s a bit denser It brings up interesting topics that everyone should read about from the point of view of someone who is not cis and who has been dealing with a cis normative society all their life.I honestly like how Riki Wilchins shows an evolution with their thinking and their politics There are a lot of quotations that are going to stay with me Passing as a cisgendered female, what else was the grand finale To be truly successful I should look just like what I was not, a cisgender woman Moreover, real success meant the audience and trans people never lack for an audience, no observing my little gender performance would never realize that I was succeeding If they became aware that I was succeeding, then I had failed But what happens when a genderqueer individual who genuinely looks and sounds profoundly nonbinary, and or masculine, declares in a binary world s he would be most comfortable accessing the girl s restroom To say the least, the optics would no longer work Nor would appeals to practicality What really needs to be contested here is not just our right to use bathrooms with dignity which would, personally, be very welcome , but the entire underlying hetero binary structuring of the world that queers must inhabitI received an e ARC copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest reviewBurn the Binary is an anthology of subversive writings by Riki Wilchins, and it is divided into three segments The first segment and the longest one is comprised of selected Articles written on The Advocate and other outlets, and serves as an introduction to Wilchins writing style for those unfamiliar with is, as well as setting the tone and themes for the rest of the book In Where Have All th I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest reviewBurn the Binary is an anthology of subversive writings by Riki Wilchins, and it is divided into three segments The first segment and the longest one is comprised of selected Articles written on The Advocate and other outlets, and serves as an introduction to Wilchins writing style for those unfamiliar with is, as well as setting the tone and themes for the rest of the book In Where Have All the Butches Gone , We Happy Trans Undoing Gender and Fucking Cis People we first become acquainted with the different sides of Wilchins story and views, and this writing that combines memoir with theory and opinions The rest of the articles on this part react to specific events, expose points of views and critique the world we are living in Part two is comprised of extracts from Wilchins previous work Read My Lips Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender and this is where the memoir aspect of the book truly shines There is not a single writing in here I did not enjoy or felt within my bones Video Tape has to be my favorite one because of the style and content In Wilchins words Read My Lips the full work exists because she wanted to write a book that wasn t targeted to cisgender readers but to trans and genderqueer people to give them the tools to articulate the anger they already felt, hopefully in a way that would help radicalize them into realizing that the oppressions they faced were political, they were the fault of a binary system, and not that they didn t pas well enough or were born transsexual Part three are writings from Genderqueer Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary and works as a perfect closing for the book This part focuseson theory than memoir, and the hard aspects of gender and queer theory and politics.I overall really enjoy the book and felt like it was very well organized since there is a clear progression or escalation from Creating Child Bodies of Convenience to Deconstructing Trans that helped pull the reader along, as well as going deeper and deeper into meanings and theory


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    Through collaboration, Riki has created an amazing and unique collection The book is very different from a large number of trans related books that I have read due to the fact that the stories have come from an older persons perspective As a young, trans person the world is very different in how it treats trans people today than it did 20, 40 years ago etc and this book shows the progression over the years It s easy to forget that things weren t always this way and that there was a time Through collaboration, Riki has created an amazing and unique collection The book is very different from a large number of trans related books that I have read due to the fact that the stories have come from an older persons perspective As a young, trans person the world is very different in how it treats trans people today than it did 20, 40 years ago etc and this book shows the progression over the years It s easy to forget that things weren t always this way and that there was a time period where majority of people didn t even know what trans meant I would like to comment on the fact that if you are not comfortable with the use of the word transsexual then this book may not be for you The author goes onto explaining their reasoning for using this word instead of using transgender, so don t let it put you off Overall, I am so glad I read this book I have gained a huge insight into the older trans community and am now going to pursueresearch into other generations experiences


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    Desperately in need of copy editing, but an important read.


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    Burn the Binary Is a collection of essays and writings by genderqueer activist Riki Anne Wilchins Riki has been activist for a long time, published four books and wrote many articles I think the greatest strength of this collection is to see the grow of Riki, how her activism has changed through time I really wanted to read this book, not only it is amazing to see all the work Riki has done but also it is great to see the way trans, nonbinary and genderqueer folks have reconstrued ideas, def Burn the Binary Is a collection of essays and writings by genderqueer activist Riki Anne Wilchins Riki has been activist for a long time, published four books and wrote many articles I think the greatest strength of this collection is to see the grow of Riki, how her activism has changed through time I really wanted to read this book, not only it is amazing to see all the work Riki has done but also it is great to see the way trans, nonbinary and genderqueer folks have reconstrued ideas, definitions, and concepts.I want to point out that the first essays there is racism Riki still is a white person and some of their first statements don t take in consideration the discrimination people of color endure every day However, as the book progress, there is acknowledged in the ways trans, nonbinary and genderqueer people of color go through I understand that it is something that shows Riki s learning progress, but I don t think racism was necessary to include at all Or probably, the better solution should have been to call it out on the same page and not in pages away Received a copy through Netgalley in exchange an honest review

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