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Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Daniel Lavery is very clear about one thing, he does not owe an explanation about himself or his gender to anyone.  

His deeply personal new book, Something That May Shock and Discredit You is a funny, gentle and self-deprecating exploration of how Daniel sees the world, and how the experience of coming to know and affirm his gender has affected the lens through which he experiences that world. 

Taking direct aim at the cultural canon, Daniel’s work leaves no literary or philosophical stone unturned, spanning everything from the cast of Mean Girls to the beauty of William Shatner and whether or not Greek goddess Athena was a tomboy – a truly unapologetic exploration of all the intricacies of reimagining gender, faith, and family. 

Join UNSW social researcher Christy Newman in conversation with Daniel to explore how this vital combination of courage and humour might help us resist efforts to discredit community knowledge of our own bodies, desires and needs, and become more honest about the awkwardness and ambiguities in our intimate lives.

Something That May Shock and Discredit You

A New York Times bestselling feminist author's sparkling memoir of gender transition (among many other things).

Reasons for Transitioning: Want to impress good-looking ex; Want to upset good-looking ex; Bored of existing wardrobe, looking for excuse to buy all-new clothes that don’t fit in a new way; Younger siblings getting too much attention; Neoliberalism??; Want to sing both parts of a duet at karaoke; Something about upper-body strength; Excited to reinforce a different set of sexist stereotypes; Cheaper haircuts; Just love layering shirts ...

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