Born Both: An Intersex Life

Hida Viloria (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Hachette Books
Publish Date
March 14, 2017
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.3 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780316347846
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About the Author

Hida Viloria is a writer and intersex activist, chairperson of the Organization Intersex International (OII), and founding director of its American affiliate the Intersex Campaign for Equality, also known as OII-USA. Hida's mission is to obtain equality for intersex and nonbinary people as part of a broader vision for a world that accepts and values difference of every kind.

Reviews

"How do you discover who you are when you are born outside of what culture has decided is possible? Hida Viloria answers this question with this moving and essential memoir, a personal history that is also something of a history of America's blind spots around gender and sex."--Alexander Chee, bestselling author of The Queen of the Night
"Hida Viloria's touching and generous memoir shines a beautiful light of understanding not only on what it's like to discover, explore, and own one's identity as an intersex person, but also on what it means to be human. Through heartbreak and humor, Viloria writes with welcome candor and insight--and shows us that there is so much more beauty, brilliance, and complexity than can ever be contained in the categories 'male' or 'female.'"--Sam McConnell, producer of HBO's The Out List and The Trans List
"Words come alive in Born Both, which Hida Viloria has written with intellectual sophistication as well as passion for intersex activism. In this memoir, Viloria eloquently tells a deeply personal story within larger structural narratives of race/ethnicity, gender, and class, making for a simultaneously pleasurable and informative read. This book will not only captivate those interested in intersex activism and gender revolution but also those who enjoy skillful storytelling."--Georgiann Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
"Viloria's personal, positive, vibrant, and emotional work of advocacy will educate and affirm."--Booklist
"Intersex babies often have their dual gender surgically 'corrected, ' but trailblazing activist Viloria didn't. Her book is fierce, brave, and a clarion call to celebrate our differences."--People
"[A] poignant and powerful story."--The Washington Post
"Viloria does us the even greater service (it's more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one."--New York Times Book Review
"Intelligent and courageous, [Born Both] chronicles one intersex person's path to wholeness, but it also affirms the right of all intersex and nonbinary people to receive dignity and respect. A relentlessly honest and revealing memoir."--Kirkus Reviews
"Groundbreaking....This brave and empowering book deserves a wide audience."--Library Journal
"Born Both is a courageous and compelling personal story that helps give us the necessary knowledge and understanding of the complex topics of intersexuality and gender fluidity. Hida Viloria has boldly brought us along on this journey of understanding and pushes us forward to become a more inclusive culture where we value everyone--not in spite of our differences, but rather because they make us perfectly and uniquely us. A must read."--Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation
"A valuable resource for those seeking first-person narratives by intersex people."--Publishers Weekly