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The Gender Games

On sale

8th February 2018

Price: £10.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473648609

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*WINNER OF THE UK BLACK PRIDE LITERARY PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION DIVA AWARDS 2017*
*AS SEEN ON TRANSFORMATION STREET*

‘Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice – I loved it!’ Rebecca Root, star of Boy Meets Girl
‘Funny, thoughtful and honest’ Stylist

‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.

Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.

Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world in which everyone can truly be themselves.

The Gender Games has been optioned by SunnyMarch Productions to be turned into an original television series, written by Rose Lewenstein.

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Reviews

Laura Dockrill, Observer
One of the bravest, freshest voices
Stylist
Part memoir, part manifesto, The Gender Games is filled with the type of funny, thoughtful and honest writing that has made Dawson a multi-award winning YA author...Frank, witty, and educational'
Emma Gannon, CTRL ALT DELETE podcast
This book is incredible, I loved it so much
Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner
A saucy, sassy, sweary look at gender, and how it trips and entraps us.
Stephanie Burt, TLS
This memoir ... got me underlining, and texting friends, frequently.
Lorraine Kelly, The Sun
If you want to be well informed about what it menas to be trans, I can highly recommend Juno's book The Gender Games. It's a funny, honest read and clears up a lot of confusion and misinformation
Stylist
Funny, thoughtful and honest writing ... It's soberingly relevant and makes you want to #smashthepatriarchy
Rebecca Root
Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice - I loved it!
Zoe, Readabilitea
Not only is this book incredibly informative, it's also very funny.
Marianne Taylor, The Herald
It's not often as a grown-up that someone makes you sit up and re-examine not only your own identity, but your attitudes to an entire social group. But that's the effect this thoughtful, articulate woman had on me. ... Dawson's book is eminently readable and often very funny.
Chloe Scaling, Palatinate
Informative and entertaining. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone: we all have something to learn about gender.