Seeing gender An illustrated guide to identity and expression

Iris Gottlieb

Book - 2019

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San Francisco : Chronicle Books [2019]
Main Author
Iris Gottlieb (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
204 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Foreword / by Meredith Talusan
  • Introduction
  • Here's a good place to start
  • Here's where it gets tricky
  • Here's my story
  • Afterword
  • Resources
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author.
Review by Booklist Review

Gottlieb has adapted her primer on gender, identity, and sexuality for teens (though it's still very much a crossover title for an adult audience). Readers will be immediately drawn to Gottlieb's colorful, detailed, and stylized artwork and will stay for the succinct text, made accessible in short passages set against plenty of white space. Divided into three main sections, the book begins with an introduction to related terminology and such basics as gender identity, gender dysphoria, pronouns, and a breakdown of the acronym LGBTQ+. A lengthier second section delves deeper, explaining intersectionality, third and fourth genders, discrimination in sports, mental health in the trans community, police violence against Black men, and more. This section also comprises many feminist issues, from the "pink tax" and abortion to women in STEM and the feminization of poverty. Throughout these first sections, the author includes engaging cultural and scientific references, like the evolution of the color pink, and spotlights people who are redefining gender roles. The author also uses this updated version to address the complexities of David Bowie and Coco Chanel. Finally, the third section serves as a brief photo essay in which Gottlieb chronicles her surgery journey. She wraps up the book with an extensive list of resources. A beautiful and enlightening guide for readers new to the topics.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up--Gender, especially when explored through an intersectional lens, can be a fraught and overwhelming topic. Gottlieb takes on the complexities of gender in the modern world through easy-to-digest writing, humor, and powerful illustrations. It's like a series of informative Twitter threads compressed into a book. Despite the brevity, terminology and concepts are explained fully. Each bright spread can stand alone, making this the perfect book to flip through at leisure, while those wanting a deep dive will devour the text cover to cover. Included are short biographies of historical figures and pop culture icons who influenced our understanding of gender. The volume concludes with a poignant section on the author's transition. Gottlieb also covers the connections among sexual assault, race, nationality, poverty, and mental health. Back matter includes help lines, advocacy resources, and recommendations for poetry, essays, and novels to further explore the ideas presented here. Though this text takes on some heavy material, overall, it's hopeful and understanding. If a book can be friendly, this is the one. It's engaging and acknowledges that people are fallible, which will comfort teens who have made mistakes while trying to support friends. VERDICT Give this to anyone who exists in a gendered society. (Which means, as the book points out, everyone.) Highly recommended for school and public libraries.--Heather Waddell, Abbot Public Library, Marblehead, MA

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Review by Horn Book Review

Beginning with basics (e.g. how sex, gender, and sexuality differ), this guide to "inhabiting a body in a gendered world" covers an astonishingly broad yet interrelated array of topics in double-page-spread sections. Discussion includes intersectional feminism, the "pink tax," women in STEM, trans issues, violence against black males, abortion, sex work, advertising, alternate genders in Indigenous cultures, and snail sex and sea turtle gender. "Spotlight" pages highlight gender nonconforming role models like Laverne Cox and Prince. Gottlieb's simply drawn and colorful illustrations lighten each page with a striking image and plentiful white space, and a concluding section reveals her unfolding understanding of her own gender. Back matter includes a bibliography, websites and hotlines, and an index. This is the paperback edition of a book previously published in hardcover. (c) Copyright 2023. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A browsable potpourri of information and musings on gender. First published in 2019, this newly revised paperback edition explores a range of topics related to gender. The book is divided into three sections: "A Good Place To Start," "Digging Deeper," and "My Story." A new foreword by Kacen Callender and a content warning start the book off. Part 1 explores gender as a social construct, gender and sexuality terminology, and pronouns. Part 2 explores subjects such as intersectionality, colonialism, toxic masculinity, sports, gendered violence, Black masculinity through the White gaze, cultural bias against sex work, and historical movements like the Zapatistas and the Stonewall Uprising. Occasional profiles of famous individuals such as David Bowie and Coco Chanel have been updated to acknowledge their complicated legacies. Part 3 explores Gottlieb's own gender journey with a reflection on how Harry Styles helped inform her gender, an account of her experience with anorexia, and a top-surgery journal. Some spreads include information about different human sexualities and animal sexual behaviors and sex characteristics that, while informative, does not actually pertain directly to gender and, for some readers, may muddy the distinctions among gender, sex characteristics, and sexuality. Other language choices are at times overgeneralized, imprecise, and/or confusing, as when the text includes contradictory statements. The full-color art includes both full-page illustrations and spot art, some of it representational and clearly connected to the text. An informative hodgepodge that explores gender identity and related subjects. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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