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  • The Transgender Issue

  • An Argument for Justice
  • By: Shon Faye
  • Narrated by: Shon Faye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (491 ratings)

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Trans people in Britain today have become a culture war 'issue'. Despite making up less than one per cent of the country's population, they are the subjects of a toxic and increasingly polarised 'debate', which generates reliable controversy for newspapers and talk shows. This media frenzy conceals a simple fact: that we are having the wrong conversation, a conversation in which trans people themselves are reduced to a talking point and denied a meaningful voice.

In this powerful new book, Shon Faye reclaims the idea of the 'transgender issue' to uncover the reality of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. In doing so, she provides a compelling, wide-ranging analysis of trans lives from youth to old age, exploring work, family, housing, healthcare, the prison system and trans participation in the LGBTQ+ and feminist communities, in contemporary Britain and beyond.

The Transgender Issue is a landmark work that signals the beginning of a new healthier conversation about trans life. It is a manifesto for change and a call for justice and solidarity between all marginalised people and minorities. Trans liberation, as Faye sees it, goes to the root of what our society is and what it could be; it offers the possibility of a more just, free and joyful world for all of us.

©2021 Shon Faye (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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Titania McGrath has less funny competition

If you’re looking to have the stock LGBT+ doctrine pummelled into you then this is the book for you.
The delivery is very reminiscent of the audio performance in Titania McGrath’s ‘Woke’ book, so much so that it’s difficult to believe it is recorded like this unironically.
I don’t think the author has any expertise on the issues discussed, presents points in a very biased manner, and only supplies “facts” which support the author’s worldview.

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A timely and much needed work

This is a well reserved and planed out book. As a trans woman I can’t say there where many surprises here but I did find her arguments compelling. Of course this book does not need to be read by people like me. Although I would highly recommend it to trans and cis alike. I hope this book is read by people who are wondering what is going in with this “sudden” explosion of trans people and the negativity and vitriol poured on them by the UK media.

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Interesting but patchy

Overall I found the book interesting and enjoyable, and serves as an outline of the current trans liberation movement that also touches upon broader social issues. However, I did find the author skimmed over certain areas, mostly the counter arguments to her propositions, such as the presence of trans women in refuges and prisons, and the broader medical and ethical context of transgender health care for children.

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Outstanding

I found this book to be extremely educational and informative. I’m not trans but I’m glad that Faye has given a trans perspective to a conversation dominated by cis voices, cannot recommend enough!

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Powerful and timely address of trans politics

If you want to understand trans people this is the book for you. Shon Faye has done an amazing job articulating a powerful and timely argument for the liberation of trans people as well as all those oppressed under patriarchal gender norms. Shon Faye advances a fully formed vision of radical liberation but all the way accounts fairly for opposing concerns with due compassion. This book is especially important for feminists that are critical of gender and are unsure how to include trans people in their feminism while maintaining their rejection of oppressive gender stereotypes.

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A completely perfect audiobook

This book is perfect for both those who are fairly unfamiliar with trans ~issues and trans people themselves. I found the way Shon explored subjects fascinating, particularly as she explores them all through a radical socialist lens. The audiobook is really well read and made perfect listening for my walks. Buy this, or the physical book, for everyone you know in my opinion.

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incredible listen

Fantastic to hear a work in the author's voice! Shon Faye has produced such an incredibly insightful work. I was excited when I heard this book was coming out and it excelled my already high expectations.

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Informative Book. Excellent!

For me this is without doubt the best written, informed and balanced book I’ve ever read on the transgender issue. A compelling read.

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clear, concise, not a word wasted

for someone like me with a fair understanding of the topics covered in this book, yet not an extensive knowledge. this book put voice and clear arguments to Concepts I had been struggling to articulate

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Well worth the time

An important read/listen if you wish to understand both ends of the spectrum of this debate. Well researched from the author’s perspective but densely weighted to her political mindset. I respect her call for a kinder world - I also worry she is deeply entrenched in an identity-driven view of the world and can’t see beyond it.

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a MUST read

A brilliant book, well explained and very well-read. It has clarified so much for me, and I cannot recommend it enough. It's like nothing, I've ever read before.