Introduction

Fragments of Gender: Second Edition
Second Edition
by Lisa Lees

Copyright © 2014 by Lisa Lees. All images and artwork created by Lisa Lees. This book was previously published by Lulu.com. ISBN 978-1-312-19936-1. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a critical article or review.

The essays in this volume contain the opinions of the author; please don't blame anyone else for my beliefs or the way I state them. In the works of fiction, any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is coincidental. Poetry is not meant to be understood literally, so please don't try.

One of the great myths of our culture is that at birth each infant can be identified as distinctly 'male' or 'female' (reproductive physiology), will grow up to have correspondingly 'masculine' or 'feminine' behavior (gender), live as a 'man' or a 'woman' (social role), and marry a woman or a man (heterosexual affective orientation). This is not so. There is much disagreement as to why this is not so, but a significant number of people in fact do not fit this simple idea of biologically predetermined gender/role destiny. —Lisa Lees, Gender: Exploring Diversity and Acceptance, Michigan State University workshop handout, 1997

Cover photo taken by the author in March 2000 on the campus of Michigan State University. Graffiti along the Red Cedar river.


For everyone who doesn't fit in,
and doesn't really want to.

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