Social Justice Advocates Handbook: A Guide to Gender

March 25, 2013 in Androgynous, Campaigns, Community, Gender Binary, Gender Fluid, Gender Identity, Gender Non Conforming, Gender Queer, Heteronormative, Identity, Intersex, Transgender, Transphobia, Transsexual by Emma

Genderbread PersonFor the past few years I have been lucky enough to call myself a social justice comedian. Yes, that’s a thing I made up. And yes, it’s something that often throws people off at first, because the two ideas aren’t often mashed into one.

They are two things a lot of people in both worlds (comedians and social justice activists) think of as mutually exclusive, but I like to think of it as a “sugar helps the medicine go down” scenario. Here, I am Mary Poppins (finally), the sugar is comedy, and the medicine is a message that we live in a socially unjust world and we need to fix that.

I perform a social justice comedy show at colleges (still sounds weird, doesn’t it?) and write about gender, sexuality, prejudice, and oppression on my site I try to approach heavy issues in an accessible, inviting way. You may have seen something I created that is a testament to that approach.

I spent this past winter writing a book that is all about gender, from a social justice perspective. I’m cTrying Not To Forgetalling it The Social Justice Advocates Handbook: A Guide To Gender. It builds on a lot of lessons I introduced in the genderbread person and other articles on my site, and provides an in-depth and practical exploration of gender for folks who, well, just don’t get what all the fuss is about.

It’s meant to be a great book to give to someone who can’t get past the idea that gender = biology = male/female.

And it’s also meant to be a great book for folks who already know a bit about gender, but are looking to learn more, and often find themselves trying to have conversations with others explaining gender diversity.

I’m using Kickstarter to publish the book for a few reasons (read more about this in the project description), but the main reason is I want want to be able to provide a free version of the book. One of my core values is accessibility, so (like everything else on my site) it’s important for me that there is no financial barrier in accessing this educational piece.

The book will hopefully be the first in a series of similar books, but that won’t happen unless this first one is funded and published. Check out the project, let me know what you think, and I hope you’ll help me spread the word about the book.

by Sam Killerman

Sam Killerman

Sam is the person behind It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, and the author of the book Social Justice Advocates Handbook: A Guide to Gender, currently being funded on Kickstarter