If you’ve ever read Black Like Me, you know the experience a man went through by changing his skin color to experience life as a black person. Norah Vincent chose to do something similar – she became a man for 18 months. The ordeal eventually led her to check into a hospital with severe depression. Her conclusion from the experience was:
“Men are suffering. They have different problems than women have, but they don’t have it better,” she said. “They need our sympathy. They need our love, and maybe they need each other more than anything else. They need to be together.”
I used to want to read that book until I heard a piece – I think it was on the GenderTalk podcast – that described it in a negative light. She is apparently anti-trans and disrespectful of the trans experience, so I’ve pretty much given up hope on buying it for myself. If somebody gave me a copy free, I might flip through it, but I probably wouldn’t read it in detail.