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Description - Sissies and Tomboys by Matthew Rottnek

In 1973, homosexuality was officially depathologized with a revision in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry. In 1980, a new diagnosis appeared: Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (GID). The shift separated gender from sexuality, while it simultaneously reinforced traditional concepts of "male" and "female" and made it possible for cross-gendered behavior and/or identification to be deemed psychiatric illness. What is the difference then between a child being called a sissy on the playground and being labeled with a disorder in a psychiatric hospital? Combining theory and personal narrative, this volume interrogates the meaning of "the normal" that pervades the literature on GID and investigates the theoretical underpinnings of the diagnosis. Sissies and Tomboys considers how the stigma of illness influences a child's development and what homosexual childhood, freed from the constraints of conventionally acceptable gender expression, might look like.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814774847
ISBN-10: 0814774849
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Matthew Rottnek

Matthew Rottnek is the former Assistant Director at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) of the City University of New York.