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Wrongly Bodied: Documenting Transition from Female to Male

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Sligh, Clarissa T. - website
McBee, Jacob
Craft, William

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N7433.4 .S427 W76 2009 Workroom

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Leeway Foundation

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Philadelphia, PA Leeway Foundation, c2009.

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159 p.: ill., ports.; 20 cm.

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"Wrongly bodied came out of photographing Jacob McBee in transition from female to male and William Craft's book, Running a thousand miles for freedom, first published in London in 1860 by William Tweedie, twelve years after Ellen and William Craft's escape from Georgia."--P. 8.

Summary: Wrongly Bodied Two (2004) weaves together the stories of two people. One chronicles Jake's modern day evolution from female to male. His experience is juxtaposed with that of Ellen Craft, a 19th century black woman who escapes slavery by passing as a white man. While photographing Jake's transition, Sligh became conscious of society's psychological response to the transgressive act of changing one's identity and recalling Ellen Craft's journey to freedom, Sligh confronts her own fears of crossing the taboo boundaries of gender, race and class.

Contents: Introduction -- Jake in transition from female to male : Ellen and William Craft's escape from slavery -- Jake's transition time line -- Jake's support group - March 28, 1999 -- Essays -- Jake in transition from Female to Male series or, through the mirror and what Clarissa found there by Carla Williams -- Women in transition (from female to male) (Translated from Italian) by Silvia Roncucci -- Afterword -- How I met Jake by Clarissa Sligh -- Bibliography -- Exhibitions.

Includes bibliographical references.