From the book jacket: Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural
experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a
year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock
shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoesa perfect
disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.
Norah uses her intimate firsthand experience to explore the many remarkable mysteries of gender identity as well as who men are apart from and in relation to women. Far from becoming bitter or outraged, she ended her journey astoundedand exhaustedby the rigid codes and rituals of masculinity. Having gone where no woman (who wasn't an aspiring or actual transsexual) has gone for any significant length of time, let alone eighteen months, her surprising account is an enthralling reading ...
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