Crossing: A Memoir

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byDeirdre N. Mccloskey

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We have read the stories of those who have "crossed" lines of race and class and culture. But few have written of crossing—completely and entirely—the gender line. Crossing is the story of Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald), once a golden boy of conservative economics and a child of 1950s and 1960s privilege, and her dramatic and poignant journey to becoming a woman. McCloskey's account of her painstaking efforts to learn to "be a woman" unearth fundamental questions about gender and identity, and hatreds and anxieties, revealing surprising answers.

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We have read the stories of those who have "crossed" lines of race and class and culture. But few have written of crossing—completely and entirely—the gender line. Crossing is the story of Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald), once a golden boy of conservative economics and a child of 1950s and 1960s privilege, and her dramatic and poig...

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A renowned economist and historian, a husband and father, Donald McCloskey (now Deirdre) had crossdressed for years without wanting more. But at age fifty-two a sense that he was denying his real identity grew to the point where he knew he had to become a woman. Crossing is the poignant story of this realization and its consequences.

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:282 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Doubt
1. Boy to Man
2. Marriage
3. Internet, 1995
4. Professor Dressed
5. Clubs
6. In the Ladies' Room
7. Boldness
8. Epiphany
9. Losing Family
10. Academic Drag
11. A Day You Feel Pretty
12. Premarin
13. Sweet October
Part 2: Struggle
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. The Worst Days in February
26. Passing
27. Yes, Ma'am
Part 3: Across
28. Vriendinnetjes
29. Women's World
30. To Make Up for God's Neglect
31. Merry May
32. Starting
33. Finishing
34. A Post-Menopausal Woman on Hormone Therapy
35. Facelift
36. This Is How We Live
37. Dutch Winter, 1996
38. Going Home
39. Costs
40. Iowa Drag
41. Professora Traveling
42. Second Voice
43. Makeup
44. Getting There
45. Differences
46. Christ's Mass 1997