Good evening book readers and web browsers, today I’m here to review The Gender Games that came out on the 1st of this month and written by the wonderful, Juno Dawson.
Why we are all being messed up by gender, and what we can do about it.
‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.
Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.
Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world where what’s in your head is more important than what’s between your legs.
So as mentioned above, this book is about Gender. Or the war about Gender that is. And Juno basically argues that it affects EVERYONE, it’s neither a male or female thing here, we’re all in this war together.
I loved the writing style and the ‘aka’ after each chapter heading – I found them really quite funny to read.
In all seriousness though, although Juno sprinkles humour all over the book, what she is on about is actually pretty hard-core. We’re talking about something which could cause a bit of an up-rise – oops!
Juno involves a few friends and experts in her books, adding other point of views from both men and women and those in the LGBQT community and add what they think about Gender and society’s view on the whole thing.
This book is a hell of a good read and is something which I urge EVERYONE to read. It’ll open your eyes, especially when walking around shops and what your friends children are wearing/playing with (it’s not weird, but have you noticed how most girls wear pink?!)
Would recommend this book to everyone, I spent many of my evenings reading this book, reading exerts to friends and family about things which caught my eye or made me gasp (aka the divide!) and so I think everyone could and should read this!
As always, let me know if you’ve already read this book and what you thought about it, and if you haven’t you probably should add it to your TBR pretty soonish!