What the Gender Book basically is, is a GENDER 101! book with amazing artwork and descriptions. Gender identity and expression is not just “female” and “male”. There are a hell of a lot of gender identities/expressions out there. I feel people should be educated about them in a non-threatening or aggressive manner.
I’ve dated someone who was genderqueer, I am friends with someone who is MtF. In fact, one of my favorite bloggers, Angie, is married to Jen who is also MtF.
I believe gender needs a lot more visibility and education, because there are a lot more “boxes” than male and female, and while we’re slowly making progress, there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure everyone is included.
It’s perfectly OK to also identify with that gender that you were given at birth [I do!] and feel comfortable with it, but there are people out there who do not feel the same way that you and I do. These people are not “weird”, “disgusting” nor “trannies”. Whatever negative thing you can think of towards a non-binary person [meaning the person does not fit into the standard male / female binary], they are none of these things.
If you feel like you need some education on gender, or just want to donate to a great cause, click here and make your voice heard!
The project has 27 days left to go, and already surpassed its inital goal of 10k, that’s pretty damn amazing if you ask me!
[Disclaimer: I was not asked by the creators of The Gender Book to write this post. I merely wrote it of my accord to spread the word about the project.]