Masculinity: a set of qualities, characteristics or roles generally considered typical of, or appropriate to, a man. A near-synonym of masculinity is virility. Constructs of masculinity vary across historical and cultural contexts.
A trans man (also trans-man or transman) is a female-to-male (F.T.M.) transgender or transsexual person. A trans man is assigned female at birth, but identifies as male. As many masculine identities exist as there are people who identify in some way with masculinity.
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Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998
Just as bodybuilders sculpt their bodies, so too do transsexuals mold their bodies around an ideal. From its striking cover, Body Alchemy grabs you and won't let go until you've delved into the mysteries revealed by the beautiful photographs and succinct text ...
TRUE TALES OF SEX AND GENDER DIVERSITY
Article appeared in Polare 54, October 2003
Finding the Real Me by Tracie O'Keefe and Katrina Fox is unstructured and as such reflects the nature of diversity, stories of male-to-female, female-to-male and androgyny are interspersed with stories of older and younger people, complete and incomplete transitions ...
TRYING TO FIND WHO I AM
Article appeared in Polare 95, April 2013
Sam Orchard is a cartoonist and transman from New Zealand. He is the creator of 'Rooster Tails' a highly entertaining online comic/blog that Sam uses to help him to find out who he is ...
MANHOOD, THE BIG GIG
Article appeared in Polare 31, June 1999
Secret Men's Business by John Marsden is an easy read on how to be a functioning adult male. It's primarily aimed at adolescent boys but is very useful for F.T.M.s. It gives us a look at what transitioning to manhood would be like for a boy and the issues that they face ...
BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLORATORY PHOTOGRAPHERS
Article appeared in Polare 49, December 2002
Sublime Mutations is a book of photographs by Del La Grace Volcano, one of the world's most controversial and exploratory photographers. As a book to live on your shelves it is a beautiful piece of art that explores the body and its pretence to sex and gender affiliation ...
WHO OR WHAT EXACTLY IS THE REAL MAN?
Article appeared in Polare 27, October 1998
What are the images and ideas in our head that tell us how we, and other men, should be? Bulging biceps? Physical power? Massive intellect, political and military power? A great lover who gives women shuddering orgasms? Who or what exactly is the real man? ...