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GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary

I refer to GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary (Edited by Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins), and the collection of essays in the beginning by Riki Wilchins, constantly. I referred to it last night, actually. It’s a wonderful anthology, and it shows — in real people’s voices, not just academic theory — that there’s so much more to gender than merely “man” and “woman.”

Perhaps one of my favorite quotes about gender is in Wilchins’ essay “A Continuous Nonverbal Communication“: “In fact, throughout our entire waking lives we are carrying out a continuous nonverbal dialogue with the world, saying, ‘This is who I am, this is how I feel about myself, this is how I want you to see me‘” (12). To me, that statement sums up why it is so important to allow people to identify and express their gender as they will — to do otherwise would be to deny who they are. Continue reading

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References and Recommendations

I love words. I love books and essays, song lyrics and screenplays. I love how words can evoke emotions and cause us to think in new ways.

I’m constantly referencing books and essays in conversation. Unfortunately, I never remember the actual quote of which I’m thinking, and without the actual quote, the reference does little good when people haven’t read the same texts I have. So, I thought I’d have a series of posts about various books and other things that I recommend, perhaps actually including my favorite quotes and the reasons why I reference them so frequently.

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