Crossing: A Memoir

Front Cover
Deirdre McCloskey, the former Donald, tells the story of her crossing the gender line in this memoir. An economist and historian, a husband and father, Donald McCloskey had cross-dressed for years without wanting more. But rather suddenly, at age 52, a sense that he was denying his real identity grew to the point where he knew he needed to become a woman. This book is the story of this realization and its consequences. McCloskey relates in detail the process of physically becoming a woman but also the emotional wake - personal and professional - left by her decision. Her mother accepts her; her children reject her. Some conservative economists prove to be gender libertarians, but some progressive feminists prove to be gender authoritarians. McCloskey's account of her crossing and her painstaking efforts to learn to "be a woman" enfold all the aspects of her journey into fundamental questions about gender and identity, hatreds and anxieties, that have surprising answers.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - SheilaDeeth - LibraryThing

“Being a woman is what you do... not what your wear. Caring, watching, noticing.” So says Deirdre N. McCloskey, quoting lessons learned when she was still Donald. He contrasts “the self-deprecating ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - AuntieClio - LibraryThing

Such anger and bitterness at everyone. Such arrogance to believe that she is the only one in her life to suffer from her to choice to be a male-to-female transsexual. Such a victim. At the age of 50 ... Read full review

Contents

Boy to Man
3
Marriage
12
Internet
17
Professor Dressed
23
Clubs
28
In the Ladies Room
35
Boldness
43
Epiphany
48
Dutch Winter
150
Passing
155
Yes Maam
160
PART THREE DEIRDRE
167
Vriendinnetjes
169
Womens World
176
To Make up for Gods Neglect
181
3 Merry May
185

Losing a Family
56
Academic Drag
64
A Day You Feel Pretty
69
Premarin
76
Sweet October
78
PART TWO
85
Welcome
91
The Cuckoos Nest
96
Hearing?
102
Then Why Are You Doing This?
109
Chicago
112
Changing
119
Sisters Last
123
Professional Girl Economist
132
Farewell Speech
135
Dutch Welcome
141
Starting
188
Finishing
193
A Woman on Hormone Replacement Therapy
198
Facelift
202
This Is How We Live
206
Thou Winter Wind
212
Homeward
218
Costs
224
Iowa Drag
233
Professoressa
238
Second Voice
242
Making It Up
246
Home
250
Differences
255
Christs Mass 1997
262
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1999)

Deirdre N. McCloskey is University Professor of the Human Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is the author of nine books, including The Vices of Economists and If You're So Smart, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

Bibliographic information