Gender: A Graphic Guide by Dr. Meg-John Baker

Reviewed by Max

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Is masculinity toxic? Why are public toilets such a political issue? In this uniquely illustrated journey of gender exploration, Dr. Meg-John Barker and illustrator Jules Scheele travel through our shifting understandings of gender across time and space to answer these and other questions on masculinity and femininity, non-binary and trans genders, and intersecting experiences of gender, race, sexuality, class, and disability. Tackling current debates and tensions that can divide communities and cost lives, Barker and Scheele explore how we might all approach gender in more caring and celebratory ways.

As someone who normally flies through graphic novels, I found myself having to put this down after each chapter to digest the sheer amount of information discussed in each section. Dr. Barker did a fascinating job breaking down each aspect of her discussion into simple learning points that made it easy for me to truly understand my ignorance toward the many idiosyncrasies of this timely topic. Arm yourself with an open mind, an honest willingness to learn, and the time to contemplate the contents, and this book has the power to transform the way you view gender.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars