Julie Peters’s ambitious book A Feminist Post-transsexual Autoethnography: Challenging Normative Gender Coercion offers an autoethnographic account of her life, as well as a sociological analysis of the impacts of coercive regimes of gender upon gender-non-normative individuals. The book explores what happens when a person realizes that the sex she has been assigned at birth is incongruent with her own sense of her gendered self. The story encompasses the confusions and secret agency of a gender-non-normative childhood, the trials of puberty, and eventual realizations that others who exceed normative gender templates also exist in the world. Peters offers readers an insight into the slow, deliberate and nonlinear work that the author undertook to become herself and make a life (and a living) as a gender-non-normative person in Australia from the early 1950s until the mid-2010s. This is...

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