Her Body, Her Self

From the archives: How a poet made the transition from man to woman

By Vox Tablet|October 20, 2009 9:00 PM


  Joy Ladin is a poet and a professor of English at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. For most of her life, though, she was a man named Jay, and her biological sex was a source of deep unhappiness. And so three years ago, Jay decided to start the process of becoming a woman. His marriage fell apart, and he worried about how the world would receive him after he became a woman. In this podcast from our archives, Joy Ladin [1] spoke with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry [2] about her decision to transition genders, her relationship to God, and the reaction from her Orthodox students.

Joy Ladin’s third book of poetry, Transmigration [3], was published last month by Sheep Meadow Press.

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