How to talk about gender and gender identity as an ally and advocate.
The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender is, as the title suggests, a guide to gender from a social justice perspective. But it’s much more than that. It’s a couple hundred pages of gender exploration, social justice how-tos, practical resources, and fun graphics & comics.
It offers clear, easily-digested, and practical explanations of one of the most commonly misunderstood things about people. It’s a book about gender with no mention of the word hegemony, but plenty of relatable stories, metaphors, and references that will keep you turning the page as you learn how much you misunderstood something we all think we get: gender.
The book is not just about the trans* or transgender understanding of gender, though that is certainly a component. It’s about gender itself, all-encompassingly, from a socially just and non-binary slant. The book is broken up into four sections: Basic Training (introduction to core social justice concepts), Breaking Through the Binary (an in-depth exploration of gender diversity), Feminism & Gender Equity (a reconciliation of the main gender equity movement and the teachings of the book), and Social Justice Competence for Working Toward Gender Equity (practical, concrete how-to-type chapters surrounding gender issues and social justice interventions).
It was written with two goals in mind: to help individuals who read it better understand gender themselves (their gender and others’) and to help those individuals help other people understand gender.