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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I m a little unsure how I feel about this one I was really looking forward to falling in love with it a collection of letters by trans women to their trans sisters, edited by a trans woman, sounded fantastic What this book does offer is a wide range of experiences, in terms of age, nationality, general life stories, etc which I thought was really amazing It was also interesting Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I m a little unsure how I feel about this one I was really looking forward to falling in love with it a collection of letters by trans women to their trans sisters, edited by a trans woman, sounded fantastic What this book does offer is a wide range of experiences, in terms of age, nationality, general life stories, etc which I thought was really amazing It was also interesting to see where these experiences intersected with and deviated from one another I was surprised to see that India Willoughby was included in this collection I ve heard from some trans women that she s a bit problematic I was also a little uncomfortable by some of the judgement over fashion choices, makeup, etc in a couple of the letters I did also find myself skimming through some of these there s definitely a lot of repetition of the narrative of the journey itself super important, but the similarity in the language choices made it hard for me to remain hundred percent engaged with the text some of the time I think this would be a good read for trans women looking for solidarity, love, inspiration, and advice I d honestly beinterested to read reviews of this book by trans women Great read Craggs puts together a great collection of love letters with personal stories from trans women involving hope heartache and triumph Don t assume this isn t for you if you are not trans If you know nothing of the trans community this book could help you gain some understanding and empathy for the struggles they face Love your sisters. To my knowledge, To My Trans Sisters is the first book of its kind An anthology of letters written by trans women, and a few other trans identified AMAB people, written for the same demographic I will begin this review saying that I am not the target audience of this book I am a trans person, but of the AFAB, butch genderqueer transmasculine persuasion That said, I was still inspired by the advice many women in this book gave Many of their stories are unique to trans women and femmes, but m To my knowledge, To My Trans Sisters is the first book of its kind An anthology of letters written by trans women, and a few other trans identified AMAB people, written for the same demographic I will begin this review saying that I am not the target audience of this book I am a trans person, but of the AFAB, butch genderqueer transmasculine persuasion That said, I was still inspired by the advice many women in this book gave Many of their stories are unique to trans women and femmes, but many are those that all kinds of trans and gender nonconforming people can relate to Cisgender people non trans people will gain insight into the lives and experiences of many women who share their stories in this book Most people will recognize at least a few of the names in the book and people who have been part of LGBTQ communities and who follow LGBTQ Western media may recognize many of the names It was lovely to see women from so many different backgrounds come together to send a message to other women and trans femmes out there.One of the main strengths of this book is the sheer range of diverse experiences expressed by the women whose stories were included From what I could tell, ages ranged from teenage to eighties There were voices from countries from most continents on Earth though it is very heavy on English UK representation because that s where the editor is from There are women who are activists, physicists, athletes, programmers, artists, military personnel, celebrity reality show participants, musicians, politicians, doctors, dancers, and many others There are women of many different racial backgrounds and many different ages of transition Disability is underrepresented, but Emily Brothers letter along with her acknowledgement about how disability and illness compound struggles to obtain medical transition was very nice to see as a disabled trans person While the book does heavily highlight the voices of famous and wealthy trans people, there is still a wide range of experiences among them and other voices included as well.Another one of the book s strengths is the vast range of opinions expressed on gender, womanhood, transition, gender expression, passing, sexuality, and so on Due to generational, geographical, cultural, and other differences, there is a wide range of terms people use for themselves and their experiences But, there are also a wide range of tips allowing the reader to take what they need and leave the rest Some women say to tone down your look in order to pass, others say to look however extravagantly you like and ignore the haters Some women say they were very supported when they came out, others say they lost everything Some women have very traditional trans narratives, others havefluid experiences of gender.Regardless of these differences between entries though, there is a common thread that runs through all of them Sisterhood, an insistence on the great value of the women and other trans people who are their target audience, and a message that being who they are is right no matter what anyone else says Regardless of their differences, all of the writers in this book express a love for and solidarity with their target audience Othercommon pieces of advice that ran through many writings were making sure being transgender doesn t become everything in your life, to still hold on to things you enjoy, to never settle for an abusive partner because you are trans, and also not to assume that everyone in the world is ridiculing or even paying attention to you It was nice to see these messages of hope tie together such a wide range of peoples experiences.I thought hard about whether or not I wanted to critique the voices of trans women in a book that I was not the target audience for I decided that I would tread cautiously So, what I will say is this There are quite a few women in high ranking military positions in this book who have very pro military messages that do not line up with many messages I have heard from LGBTQ people and women in general in military or related fields who were out or outed These type of messages, as well as messages coming from women who successfully feigned hyper masculinity, amassed great wealth and rose to the top of a male only or male dominated fields before coming out or transitioning may upset or simply not apply to trans women girls and other trans people reading this who are poor, of color, who were always clocked as femme gay gender nonconforming, or who have otherwise not had the same privileges or access That said, I realize that there is a place for these voices as there are women right now who are in the same position, waiting to come out, who need that last little push from someone who is in the same position as them I also realize that privilege and even a neoliberal or conservative political bent does not mean a woman s experience is not valid Further, women in these positions tended to address and be well aware of the difference between themselves and a poor girl who began transition at 15 or something I will limit my criticism to that paragraph.Another thing I noted while reading the book is that a few of the entries mention that they were asked by Charlie Craggs the editor to write a letter to their younger selves However, only a few of the 85 letters included in the book followed this model I really wish thatof the letters would have followed this model as some are very short and I really wanted to hearfrom those people I am not sure if it was lack of resources, organization, or just being able to get what she got from people I would have liked to read a book with fewer entries if it was a littlecohesive in this way and a bit better edited, and that is why I am giving it 4 stars out of 5.Overall, I am happy this book exists and happy to have read it I believe it could bring some joy and companionship in the sea of loneliness one can sometimes feel living as a trans person in the world I am very grateful to all of the women and other trans people who shared their letters in the book and to Craggs for taking on this project.Also published on my blog Funky fun submissions were pretty obviously from big name contributors that didn t take this project seriously, and then the rushed email responses were subsequently not so very edited Letters range from solid if bland inspirational or solid practical advice don t smoke cigarettes can t argue with that to pretty aggressively spicy stuff like lots of people are just going along with trends and shouldn t ever transition or autogynephilia is real and it is my friend or stop try Funky fun submissions were pretty obviously from big name contributors that didn t take this project seriously, and then the rushed email responses were subsequently not so very edited Letters range from solid if bland inspirational or solid practical advice don t smoke cigarettes can t argue with that to pretty aggressively spicy stuff like lots of people are just going along with trends and shouldn t ever transition or autogynephilia is real and it is my friend or stop trying to trick straight guys it s dangerous or Germaine Greer has a point or As an omniscient entity, or we need to ally with conservatives instead of liberals Some of the worst poems I ve ever personally seen in print That one billionaire s letter to trans sisters is just one single cryptic sentence but I ll let you find out for yourself what that sentence was Wild ride Hard to imagine a way this book could have beenenjoyable to me What an incredible disaster that no one will face any consequences for ( DOWNLOAD E-PUB ) ♡ To My Trans Sisters ♴ Lambda Literary Award Finalist LGBTQ AnthologyDedicated to trans women everywhere, this inspirational collection of letters written by successful trans women shares the lessons they learnt on their journeys to womanhood, celebrating their achievements and empowering the next generation to become who they truly areWritten by politicians, scientists, models, athletes, authors, actors, and activists from around the world, these letters capture the diversity of the trans experience and offer advice from make up and dating through to fighting dysphoria and transphobiaBy turns honest and heartfelt, funny and furious or beautiful and brave, these letters send a clear message of hope to their sisters each of these women have gone through the struggles of transition and emerged the other side as accomplished, confident women and if we made it sister, so can you An eclectic mix of short letters from women who have experienced the trials of transitioning to those who, younger or older, are beginning or contemplating transitioning This collection s strength is that is it inclusive or, as the cool kids say, intersectional Charlie Craggs resisted the temptation to only include those voices who represent her perspective or ideology Kate Stone, for instance, writes The aim of transition is to come out the other side my aim was to achieve obscurity An eclectic mix of short letters from women who have experienced the trials of transitioning to those who, younger or older, are beginning or contemplating transitioning This collection s strength is that is it inclusive or, as the cool kids say, intersectional Charlie Craggs resisted the temptation to only include those voices who represent her perspective or ideology Kate Stone, for instance, writes The aim of transition is to come out the other side my aim was to achieve obscurity my goal, to reach a place where being trans was a very obscure part of who I was I no longer considered myself as transit does not define me Then, she was in an accident and the hospital released her personal information and a Newspaper ran the headline Sex Swap Scientist Gored by Stag Kate tells us, They stole my obscurity, and I ve honestly never recovered from that 24 29 Instead of surrendering, she made herself, unwillingly, a public figure so to fight for others Another contributor, Miss Sahhara, writes, The air of despondency never leaves you, even after your affirmation surgery, because you are faced with new obstacles, such as defending your womanhood, your right to love, your right to a good quality of life, your right to a job and your right to exist in public spaces 47 Caroline Paige believes she has a duty to be visible to be visible, to you, to others, to show you aren t alone, to let you see you can be who you are, to show by example, to inspire 75.Juliet Jacques warns that it is easy to fall into being a professional trans person 121 Rachael Padman seconds that sentiment, trans is simply one aspect of your history and personality it is not, nor should it be, a career 200 Joan Roughgarden, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist, author of Evolution s Rainbow, encourages people to Read my stuff about gender in biology and across different cultures We are eternal and global 230.Good resource although the quality of the individual contributions varies widely Some of these stories, letters, and essays were incredibly touching and affecting Many, however, utilized abstract language to draw upon the same narrative of transness as journey, transness as metamorphosis story that saturates popular culture This is not to say that that narrative isn t important or useful, but I found myself skimming through many of the letters because they essentially repeated what others had said This, I think, might just be a problem with the format of the collection, a Some of these stories, letters, and essays were incredibly touching and affecting Many, however, utilized abstract language to draw upon the same narrative of transness as journey, transness as metamorphosis story that saturates popular culture This is not to say that that narrative isn t important or useful, but I found myself skimming through many of the letters because they essentially repeated what others had said This, I think, might just be a problem with the format of the collection, as i m sure long form autobiographies of any of the women featured in this book would offer some amazing stories and insights One thing I really appreciated was the breadth of women and non binary femmes features in this collection Women from all over the world are represented, with viewpoints ranging from army serving corporate republicanism to queer anarcho communism Each letter is prefaced with a brief bio and c.v of the author as well, which I appreciated If anything, this collection serves as a great cross section of contemporary figures in the trans femme community To My Trans Sisters is an anthology of over seventy letters collected and edited by Charlie Craggs This invigorating anthology was written by transgendered women for transgendered women, which is a welcome departure from the established genre of texts about transgendered individuals that seek to explain their lives and experiences for a presumed audience of primarily cisgendered individuals.For the most part, I really like most if not all of these contributions To My Trans Sisters contains o To My Trans Sisters is an anthology of over seventy letters collected and edited by Charlie Craggs This invigorating anthology was written by transgendered women for transgendered women, which is a welcome departure from the established genre of texts about transgendered individuals that seek to explain their lives and experiences for a presumed audience of primarily cisgendered individuals.For the most part, I really like most if not all of these contributions To My Trans Sisters contains over seventy collected letters from transgendered women writing letters to their sisters who are just starting their journey, sharing their advice they wished they have been given earlier in their life Rather than documenting the psychological or physiological steps of self discovery and transition, these letters discuss transgenderness as embedded in fully individual lives.Contributors are predominately from the United States and Great Britain, though a scattering of letters are from other parts of the world like Kenya and Thailand The impressive professional and activist credentials of the letter writers are rather diverse from the creator of the transgender pride flag and the first to serve openly in the United Kingdom military to the ordinary tax paying citizen.Like most anthologies there are weaker contributions and To My Trans Sisters is no exception However, comparatively speaking, they are far and few in between Some are just better in conveying their feelings and advicethan others, but it did not diminish my joy in reading this anthology.All in all, To My Trans Sisters is a wonderful collection of letters written by transgendered women for transgendered women, giving sensible advice and aid in helping those going through the same experiences they have and continue to endure While written for a transgendered audience, cisgendered readers will find value in reading a work not written primarily for them Great insight into the struggles transwomen face day to day Highly recommend reading this if you have trans friends and want to gain a better understanding of the issues and BS they are forced to deal with or, obviously, if you are trans and want to not feel alone in your transition. A touching and poignant collection of letters and stories from across the feminine trans spectrum, capturing the essence of the trans experience, if such an essence were to exist in some tangible form For me, this book inspired me to accept and love myself , to pursue what makes me happy, and ultimately, take comfort in being able to be myself A book of hope for one who needed it.