Joseph Henry Press cites Library Journal

The review below was written by Ina Rimpau, a staff member at the Newark Public Library in New Jersey.

Joseph Henry Press is citing this excerpt on their web promotions for The Man Who Would Be Queen:

"[Bailey uses] chatty, lay readers' terms and anecdotes from his own personal life and research... Recommended for comprehensive collections in sexuality, psychology, and social science."
-- Library Journal, May 15, 2003

Full text (excerpts in blue, emphasis mine):

Library Journal
May 15, 2003 Thursday
SECTION: BOOK REVIEWS; Social Sciences; Pg. 110
LENGTH: 228 words
HEADLINE: The Man Who Would Be Queen;
The Psychology of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism
BYLINE: Ina Rimpau
BODY:
Bailey, J. Michael. . Joseph Henry: National Academy. 2003. c.256p. index.
ISBN 0-309-08418-0. $24.95. SOC SCI

Bailey (psychology, Northwestern Univ.) presents himself as a psychologist firmly in the center of discussions surrounding transsexualism in males. He begins by contrasting a therapist who advocates striking a four-year-old boy for "engaging in feminine behavior" [1] (putting clothes on his stuffed animals) with the "anti - Gender Identity Disorder folks" (Bailey's term) [2] who say that society is sick for being intolerant of unmasculine boys. Using chatty, lay readers' terms and anecdotes from his own personal life and research, Bailey dispassionately presents the two extremes but fails to ask the deeper questions, e.g., if "masculine" and "feminine" traits and identities are so natural, why must masculinity in particular be intensely policed and enforced? He takes as a given that homosexuality has a biological root and describes transsexualism as a "developmental disorder." [3] Subsequent chapters present discussions and case studies of male-to-female transsexuals, making this book an adequate starting point for discussions on gender; for more radical views, readers are encouraged to read works by Pat Califia and Kate Bornstein. Recommended for comprehensive collections in sexuality, psychology, and social science. - Ina Rimpau, Newark P.L.

References

1. Bailey page 25

2. Bailey page 28

3. Examples:

"This is speculative, and what causes the developmental error is anyone's guess." Bailey page 167

"I suspect that both autogynephilic and homosexual gender dysphoria result from early and irreversible developmental processes in the brain. If so, learning more about the origins of transsexualism will not get us much closer to curing it." Bailey page 207