How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 21, 2017 - Social Science - 288 pages

'Excellent' KATE BORNSTEIN
'The compassionate, accessible manual the world has been waiting for' LAURIE PENNY

Have you ever questioned your own gender identity? Do you know somebody who is transgender or who identifies as non-binary? Do you ever feel confused when people talk about gender diversity?

This down-to-earth guide is for anybody who wants to know more about gender, from its biology, history and sociology, to how it plays a role in our relationships and interactions with family, friends, partners and strangers. It looks at practical ways people can express their own gender, and will help you to understand people whose gender might be different from your own. With activities and points for reflection throughout, this book will help people of all genders engage with gender diversity and explore the ideas in the book in relation to their own lived experiences.

 

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Contents

A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Foreword by S Bear Bergman
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Acknowledgements
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Introduction
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 1 What Is Gender?
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 2 How the World Sees Gender
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 3 Your Gender Background
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 4 Your Current Experience of Gender
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 5 Identifying and Living Your Gender
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 6 Gender Relationships and Sexuality
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Section 7 Gender Pioneers and Gender Warriors
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Conclusions
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A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and MegJohn Barker Index
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Alex Iantaffi is an internationally recognized independent scholar, speaker and writer on issues of gender, disability, sexuality and mental health. They are also a licensed marriage and family therapist, sex therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner and supervisor.

Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. They are a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. @megjohnbarker on Twitter.

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