Review; Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb
Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.
Description from Goodreads
Seeing Gender is an of-the-moment investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. Deeply researched and fully illustrated, this book demystifies an intensely personal—yet universal—facet of humanity. Illustrating a different concept on each spread, queer author and artist Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience. This book is an essential tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation, bringing clarity and reassurance to the sometimes confusing process of navigating ones' identity. Whether LGBTQ+, cisgender, or nonbinary, Seeing Gender is a must-read for intelligent, curious, want-to-be woke people who care about how we see and talk about gender and sexuality in the 21st century.
My Thoughts on the BookSeeing Gender is an informative book that covers a lot of ground, but sometimes rather briefly and not too much in-depth. It's still a lot to learn from this book though, especially if one is a bit unfamiliar with topics in regards of identity, expression and LGBTQIA+. It also covers intersectional issues as well, which is a bonus. In general the book shows that things aren't black and white. There's also some simple and actionable steps to be more helpful and mindful human being in regards of LGBTQIA+ issues in this book, such as the use of pronouns. I also really liked the colourful illustrations, which made the book a lot more interesting.