Monday, August 6, 2012

REVIEW: Undercover Girl - Growing up Transgender by Jill Davidson

Undercover Girl: Growing up Transgender examines, with exceptional depth, what it is like to be a gender variant individual, born in a male body, who makes a transition to a female gender role rather late in life.  Apparently originally written in the form of a web blog and compiled into book form, the author (Jill Davidson), who is a wonderful writer working as a school psychologist, examines existential issues of life and death and more mundane ones such as sexuality, relationships, the effect of hormones and testosterone blockers, transitioning in the workplace, discrimination, transphobia, struggle with vocal presentation and most of all, her agonizing and continued journey to self acceptance.

In this very personal and extremely frank account, the author takes the reader on a  very lengthy, yet continuously fascinating, humorous, and sometimes gut-wrenching journey to the acquisition of her womanhood.

[Reviewed by Samuel]

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