Whether struggling with sexuality, bullying, or abuse, just a few things that can lead to depression and thoughts of suicide, the book Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, & Other Outlaws can open the eyes of the reader to not only their own challenges, but those their peers maybe suffering through as well. This is a brutally honest look at a multitude of possibilities other than ending one’s life. Kate Bornstein exposes her own personal struggle with sexuality as a young boy, her journey to find herself and becoming okay with not living under a label provided by society. This book will make you laugh and it’ll make you think!
The first part of the book in which she talks about bullies, being an outsider for whatever reason (gender, race, religion, age, etc.) constitute a nice introduction to all these postmodern notions for teenagers or for anyone of any age who is new to all this. However, I could never quite manage to take the second part of the book, in which she details all of the 101 alternatives to suicide, seriously.
Kate's most recent book "Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws," is directed at youth and tackles everything from bully culture, to (as the tile indicates) alternatives to suicide for kids who might not otherwise see a way out.
A fierce advocate for youth and “gender outlaws,” Kate Bornstein is a Jewish transgender author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist. Born Albert Bornstein, Kate was raised in a Conservative Jewish community in New Jersey. She is best known for her groundbreaking books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, My Gender Workbook and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.Her many plays and performance pieces explore queer identity and the rigid binary system of gender and sexuality that reinforce homophobia and transphobia.
|Hello, Cruel Me||p. 21|
|Hello, Cruel Bullies||p. 33|
|Hello, Cruel Desire||p. 63|
|Hello, Cruel Quick-Start Guide||p. 83|
|101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws||p. 97|
|About the Author||p. 233|
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