Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide

Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Cynthia L. Winfield
     
 

The book examines what is meant by "sex" and "gender"-from typical gender roles and stereotypes, through those who transcend the usual categories of "male" and "female." In addition to historical and factual information, teen voices and popular media's depictions of gender issues are included. Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide is written for all teens

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The book examines what is meant by "sex" and "gender"-from typical gender roles and stereotypes, through those who transcend the usual categories of "male" and "female." In addition to historical and factual information, teen voices and popular media's depictions of gender issues are included. Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide is written for all teens with an interest in gender-what it is, how it is expressed-especially those teens questioning their own (or a friend or family member's) gender identity. Straight (heterosexual) and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth, and the adults who live and work with them will want to read it, as well as educators, counselors, school board members, and parents.

Editorial Reviews

Kate Bornstein
From linguistics to biology, from religious belief to postmodern theory and political action, there's no other book that I know of that covers all the bases of gender like this excellent, meticulously compiled introductory text.
Scitech Books News
As part of a series that treats sensitive issues for adolescents, this book begins with Dr. John Money's well-known case of sex/gender reassignment for a baby boy due to a botched circumcision. Winfield, a Massachusetts educator, presents a history of transgender issues, teens' personal reflections, resources, photos, and a glossary. She advocates that all students get involved in education and activism about gender issues and rights. The text is complemented by cartoons by Erin Lindsey, known for the transgender comic strip Venus Envy.
Julie Anne Peters
This book will rock your world. If you are a person of gender; if you identify as human; if you have a brain and a heart and want to expand both, plan to have children, wish you knew how to make a difference or live a more compassionate life, you need this book. Astounding, essential, illuminating information for every person of every age.
VOYA - Lynn Evarts
Because gay and lesbian teens are becoming more vocal, and one hopes, more accepted, it is time to focus on another marginalized segment of the population-students who are transgender or intersexual (often incorrectly referred to as hermaphrodites) or who are familiar with those who are. Gender identity has long been a taboo topic, and this book attempts to deal with the basic facts as well as to lend some sense of community to those searching for information. Winfield uses cartoon characters drawn by the creator of the comic strip, Venus Envy, to illustrate some of the information with fact boxes, source notes, and an appendix that includes a chart, "Shifting the paradigm of intersex treatment," by a professional who works with the Intersex Society of North America. The Bill of Gender Rights is also included. This topic is quite welcome in the young adult world. Information is power, and those interested in gender identity have had a difficult time finding information. For that reason alone, this book should appear on every library's shelf. That said, there are some elements that will make it cumbersome and difficult for all readers to use. Although the book claims to be the ultimate teen guide, the writing could be more teen friendly. The vocabulary and the format are sometimes confusing and too technical for the average reader or researcher. A reader with a strong interest might overlook this flaw, but beginning readers on the subject might find the vocabulary and occasionally awkward wording a deterrence. For example, there is a paragraph stating that "acronyms are to phrases . . . what instant messaging . . . is to written communication." Because it is not germane to the topic, itadds to the awkward wording that makes the book difficult to read at times. Other topics discussed in this series include diabetes, learning disabilities, and religion and spirituality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810849075
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
It Happened to Me Series, #16
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 10.39(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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