WORD JC Presents: Arlene Stein for UNBOUND

06/20/2019 - 7:30pm


Celebrate Pride Month at WORD JC with Arlene Stein, who'll discuss her book Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Unbound OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein takes us into the lives of four strangers who find themselves together in a sun-drenched surgeon’s office, having traveled to Florida from across the United States in order to masculinize their chests. Ben, Lucas, Parker, and Nadia wish to feel more comfortable in their bodies; three of them are also taking testosterone so that others recognize them as male. Following them over the course of a year, Stein shows how members of this young transgender generation, along with other gender dissidents, are refashioning their identities and challenging others’ conceptions of who they are. During a time of conservative resurgence, they do so despite great personal costs. 

Transgender men compose a large, growing proportion of the trans population, yet they remain largely invisible. In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Stein draws from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists and medical and psychological experts. Unbound documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves and how they are changing our understanding of what it means to be male and female in America.


Arlene Stein is a sociologist and author who writes about gender, sexuality, and American culture. At Rutgers University she directs the Institute for Research on Women. Her work looks at the intersection of personal and political change, the stories we tell about our lives, and the things that can’t be said. ​​She lives in Jersey City.

Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972496
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 14th, 2019

An intimate portrait of a new generation of transmasculine individuals as they undergo gender transitions

SKU: steinvoucher

$5 admission to this event at our Jersey City store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.