Gender: A Graphic Guide (Paperback)

Meg-John Barker

Jules Scheele

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'An outstanding work' – CN Lester, author of Trans Like Me

Join the creators of Queer: A Graphic History (‘Could totally change the way you think about sex and gender’ VICE) on an illustrated journey of gender exploration. 

Is masculinity ‘toxic’? Why are public toilets such a political issue? How has feminism changed the available gender roles – and for whom? Why might we all benefit from challenging binary thinking about sex/gender?

In this unique illustrated guide, Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele travel through our shifting understandings of gender across time and space – from ideas about masculinity and femininity, to non-binary and trans genders, to intersecting experiences of gender, race, sexuality, class, disability and more. 

Tackling current debates and tensions, which can divide communities and even cost lives, Barker and Scheele look to the past and the future to explore how we might all approach gender in more caring and celebratory ways.

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender and relationships, drawing on their years of academic research and therapeutic practice in these areas.  

Jules Scheele is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. Scheele runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor.

It's very easy to throw out terms like "essential reading" in reviews, but this comprehensive and expansive analysis lives up to those words … As narrator Barker is conciliatory and welcoming, breaking down complex ideas into easily considered sections. Scheele's illustrations are lively, animated and engaging, taking the text to a new level of connectivity with the readership. Scheele has always had a fluid and appealing cartooning style but here their graphic characterisation and ability to encapsulate ideas and emotions in striking visual metaphor is outstanding in its application, adding relatable layers to Barker's already accessible words.Broken Frontier


about this book

ISBN: 9781785784521

Price: 14.99 GBP

Pages: 176

Publication date: 07/11/2019


Series: Graphic Guides

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