A Transgender Memoir

Deirdre N. McCloskey


Deirdre N. McCloskey

With a New Afterword
320 pages | 32 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9780226662565 Will Publish September 2019
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226662732 Will Publish September 2019
“I visited womanhood and stayed. It was not for the pleasures, though I discovered many I had not imagined, and many pains too. But calculating pleasures and pains was not the point. The point was who I am.”
Once a golden boy of conservative economics and a child of 1950s privilege, Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald) had wanted to change gender from the age of 11. But it was a different time, one hostile to any sort of straying from the path—against gays, socialists, women with professions, men without hats, and so on—and certainly against gender transition. Finally, in 1995, at the age of 53, it was time to cross the gender line.
Crossing is the story of McCloskey’s dramatic and poignant transformation from Donald to Dee to Deirdre. She chronicles the physical procedures and emotional evolution required, as well as the legal and cultural roadblocks she faced, in her journey to womanhood. By turns searing and humorous, this is the unflinching, unforgettable story of her transformation—what she lost, what she gained, and the women who lifted her up along the way.
Published to great acclaim in 1999, McCloskey’s memoir was a revelatory, trailblazing text that remains relevant today. For this reissue, she has added an afterword that picks up where the previous edition left off, detailing new reflections on womanhood, identity, and relationships in the twenty-three years since her transition. At a time when transgender rights are under threat in the United States and around the world, McCloskey’s story is more timely and vital than ever.
Preface: Crossings

Part One: Donald

1. Boy to Man
2. Marriage
3. Internet
4. Professor Dressed
5. Clubs
6. In the Ladies’ Room
7. Boldness
8. Epiphany
9. Losing a Family
10. Academic Drag
11. A Day You Feel Pretty
12. Premarin
13. Sweet October

Part Two: Dee

14. Outed
15. “Welcome”
16. The Cuckoo’s Nest
17. Hearing?
18. Then Why Are You Doing This?
19. Chicago
20. Changing
21. Sister’s Last
22. Professional Girl Economist
23. Farewell Speech
24. Dutch Welcome
25. Dutch Winter
26. Passing
27. Yes, Ma’am

Part Three: Deirdre

28. Vriendinnetjes
29. Women’s World
30. To Make up for God’s Neglect
31. Merry May
32. Starting
33. Finishing
34. A Woman on Hormone Replacement Therapy
35. Facelift
36. This Is How We Live
37. Thou Winter Wind
38. Homeward
39. Costs
40. Iowa Drag
41. Professoressa
42. Second Voice
43. Making It Up
44. Home
45. Differences
46. Christ’s Mass 1997
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