I Want What I Want
I Want What I Want by
Geoff Brownwas first published in 1966 by Great Britain's Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Limited. A film by the same title, the script of which was written by Gillian Freeman, stars Anne Heywood.
The novel's tagline suggests its content: "Roy was different from most boys--he was a girl. . . ."
"I Want What I Want" can be read online at [http://antijen.org/iwant/WantMain.html] .
One of Brown's inspirations for the protagonist of his novel may have been English model
April Ashley, whose autobiography, "April Ashley's Odyssey" (1982) (ISBN 0-224-01849-3), co-written by April Ashley and Duncan Fallowelland published in London by Jonathan Cape, recounts her experience after she was outed as a transsexual.
Prior to being outed, April had worked in Paris as a
female impersonatorat Le Carrouselnightclub, where she earned the money to pay for her sex-reassignment surgery.
April's autobiography can be read online at [http://www.antijen.org/Aprilv1/] .
In the late 1960's, transsexuality was not widely understood, and as "I Know What I Want" shows in the use of the terms that were employed to describe this condition,
transsexualitywas confused with male homosexuality, with transsexuals being referred to as "sexual inverts," "extreme homosexuals" or "transvestites."
Although Dr. Harry Benjamin used the term "transsexual" as early as 1952, it did not come into widespread use until the publication of his groundbreaking treatise on the subject, "The Transsexual Phenomenon" (1962).
name = I Want What I Want
image_size = 175px
caption = "I Want What I Want" (film)
director = John Dexter
Geoff Brown (novel) Gillian Freeman
Anne Heywood Harry Andrews Jill Bennett
released = 1972
imdb_id = 0068726The film version of "I Want What I Want" (1972) starred
Anne Heywoodas the protagonist, Roy/Wendy; Harry Andrewsas Roy's father; Jill Bennettas Margaret Stevenson; Paul Rogers as Mr. Waites; Michael Coles as Frank; Sheila Reid as June; and Virginia Strideas Shirley.
Other cast members include
Daphne Anderson, John Baskcomb, and Paul Prescott. The film, which is also known as "I Want What I Want--To Be a Woman", was produced by Raymond Strossand directed by John Dexter.
"I Want What I Want" helped to pave the way for the release of many other transvestite and transsexual films or films that contain scenes or references to transsexuality.
* [http://www.imdb.com/keyword/transsexual/] This web page lists 101 films featuring transsexual plots, themes, or references.
* [http://www.antijen.org/iwant/WantIntro.html] This is an introduction to the novel, "I Want What I Want", to which it povides a link to the online text.
* [http://antijen.org/iwant/WantMain.html] Read the online text of the novel, "I Want What I Want", at this site.
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