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

by Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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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.


Market: General interest, but particularly people who are thinking about gender in relation to their own transgender/non-binary/gender diverse identities. Families and friends of people who identify as transgender/nonbinary/gender diverse. Also teachers, educators, counsellors, therapists and social workers who work with people who identify as transgender/nonbinary/gender diverse.



Foreword. Introduction. 1. What is gender? 2. How the world sees gender. 3. Your gender background. 4. Your current experience of gender. 5. Identifying and living your gender. 6. Gender, relationships and sexuality. 7. Gender pioneers and gender warriors. Conclusions. Further support. Acknowledgements.

'Wherever you are on your gender adventure, this book will be helpful to you. Beyond the headlines, gender is a personal journey - and for anyone struggling to find their way, this is the compassionate, accessible manual the world has been waiting for.' - Laurie Penny, journalist, activist and author of Unspeakable Things


'The authors have made adequate time for Indigenous and Two Spirit identities and people. Talking about decolonizing the gender narrative in a way that traces back to the very roots of the first peoples in a place is something that is crucial in providing understanding, but is often ignored or overlooked. Hands down, I will recommend this book for anybody looking to learn more about gender and sexuality. It's an amazing resource for ALL, regardless of identity, experience or knowledge. I fell head over heels with this book, and I can't wait to shout it from the rooftops!' - Katrina Werchouski, Director of Indigenous Cultures Center, Northland College

Alex Iantaffi is a licensed marriage and family therapist, supervisor, sex therapist, scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a parent and active community organizer.

 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.