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The natural mother of the child : a memoir of nonbinary parenthood / Krys Malcolm Belc.

Malcolm Belc, Krys, (author.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Union County Public Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cook Memorial Library - La Grande .

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Summary:

"Krys Malcolm Belc has thought a lot about the interplay between parenthood and gender. As a nonbinary, transmasculine parent, giving birth to his son Samson clarified his gender identity. And yet, when his partner, Anna, adopted Samson, the legal documents listed Belc as "the natural mother of the child." By considering how the experiences contained under the umbrella of "motherhood" don't fully align with Belc's own experience, The Natural Mother of the Child journeys both toward and through common perceptions of what it means to have a body and how that body can influence the perception of a family. With this visual memoir in essays, Belc has created a new kind of life record, one that engages directly with the documentation often thought to constitute a record of one's life--childhood photos, birth certificates--and addresses his deep ambivalence about the "before" and "after" so prevalent in trans stories, which feels apart from his own experience. This book is the story of a person moving past societal expectations to take control of his own narrative, with prose htat delights in the intimate dailiness of family life and explores how much we can ever really know when we enter into parenting."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 306.874 M242 (Text) 35178001852675 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 06/16/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781640094383
  • ISBN: 1640094385
  • Physical Description: 287 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"Krys Malcolm Belc has thought a lot about the interplay between parenthood and gender. As a nonbinary, transmasculine parent, giving birth to his son Samson clarified his gender identity. And yet, when his partner, Anna, adopted Samson, the legal documents listed Belc as "the natural mother of the child." By considering how the experiences contained under the umbrella of "motherhood" don't fully align with Belc's own experience, The Natural Mother of the Child journeys both toward and through common perceptions of what it means to have a body and how that body can influence the perception of a family. With this visual memoir in essays, Belc has created a new kind of life record, one that engages directly with the documentation often thought to constitute a record of one's life--childhood photos, birth certificates--and addresses his deep ambivalence about the "before" and "after" so prevalent in trans stories, which feels apart from his own experience. This book is the story of a person moving past societal expectations to take control of his own narrative, with prose htat delights in the intimate dailiness of family life and explores how much we can ever really know when we enter into parenting." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Motherhood.
Surrogate mothers.
Adoption > Law and legislation.
Parenthood.
Gender-nonconforming people.
Transgender parents.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.

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