Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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Contrary to popular education, gender is no longer an either "male" or "female" proposition. Today, it is increasingly important, especially for those coming into adulthood, to go beyond the concepts of gay, lesbian, straight, and bisexual when examining gender: the way we feel about ourselves and our roles in society. Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide examines what is meant by "sex" and "gender"?from typical gender roles and stereotypes, through those who transcend the usual categories of "male" and ...

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Overview

Contrary to popular education, gender is no longer an either "male" or "female" proposition. Today, it is increasingly important, especially for those coming into adulthood, to go beyond the concepts of gay, lesbian, straight, and bisexual when examining gender: the way we feel about ourselves and our roles in society. Gender Identity: The Ultimate Teen Guide 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." Author Cynthia Winfield encourages readers to "think outside the box," to recognize places where they cross gender lines, and to consider whether the time has come to change expectations or definitions within popular culture. The book also addresses: · Differences between biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression · The quandary of persons who identify as a gender other than the biological sex assigned them at birth · Intersex children and the current research · The public debate and rapidly changing legal protections for those outside the narrowly defined gender norm · Ways readers can make society more cognizant and inclusive of gender variant individuals In addition to historical and factual information and the popular media's depictions of genders issues, the book allows contemporary teens and young adults to voice their experiences through poetry and prose. Questions for teens to consider and places teens can explore such questions in a safe space are also included.

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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: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: It Happened to Me Series , #16
  • Pages: 232
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.39 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia L. Winfield, a licensed educator in the state of Massachusetts, teaches eighth grade reading, writing, and language arts. She is also a book reviewer for VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 1 Dr. Money's Conclusive Case Part 4 2 Trans History through the Ages and across Cultures Part 5 3 Terminology: What Do All Those Words Mean? Part 6 4 Boy or Girl? Delivery Room Decisions and Intersex Infants Part 7 5 Brain Sex: Is It All in Your Head? Part 8 6 Introductions to Gender Conversations Part 9 7 Transformations Part 10 8 The Law Today Part 11 9 How You Can Make a Difference Part 12 Appendix A: Shifting the Paradigm of Intersex Treatment Part 13 Appendix B: A Bill of Gender Rights Part 14 Resources Part 15 Glossary Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Author and Illustrator

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