Her Husband was a Woman!: Women's Gender-Crossing in Modern British Popular Culture, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Her Husband was a Woman!

Women's Gender-Crossing in Modern British Popular Culture, 1st Edition

By Alison Oram


196 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780415400077
pub: 2007-12-06
SAVE ~$9.79
Hardback: 9780415400060
pub: 2007-12-06
SAVE ~$32.00
Currently out of stock
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203607299
pub: 2013-01-11
from $24.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


Tracking the changing representation of female gender-crossing in the press, this text breaks new ground to reveal findings where both desire between women and cross-gender identification are understood.

Her Husband was a Woman! exposes real-life case studies from the British tabloids of women who successfully passed as men in everyday life, perhaps marrying other women or fighting for their country. Oram revises assumptions about the history of modern gender and sexual identities, especially lesbianism and transsexuality.

This book provides a fascinating resource for researchers and students, grounding the concepts of gender performativity, lesbian and queer identities in a broadly-based survey of the historical evidence.


'This book really cheered me up. It is a strong scholarly work informed by a delicate and knowing substratum of expertise that informs the study with tender historical dexterity. Oram's analysis shows an historian at her best, someone who has laboured with recent history and found new material to which she provides broader insights, and in doing so has confronted and so redefined subcultural gender history, challenging the easy (or lazy) acceptance of dominant narratives and codes.'Sally R. Munt, Times Higher Education

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Work and War: Masculinity, Gender Relations and the Passing Woman 2. Sexuality, Love and Marriage: The Gender-Crossing Woman as Female Husband 3. Gender-Crossing and Modern Sexualities: 1928–1939 4. 'The Sheik was a She!': The Gigolo and Cosmopolitanism in the 1930s 5. The 1930s 'Sex Change' Story: Medical Technology and Physical Transformation 6. 'Perverted Passions': Sexual Knowledge and Popular Culture 1940–1960. Epilogue

About the Series

Women's and Gender History

Recent years have witnessed a variety of challenges to the legitimacy of women's history, ranging from the deconstructions of French theory to the advent of 'gender' studies with its post-feminist implications. This series aims to re-establish women's history and to continue to challenge the assumptions of much mainstream history.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies