Written by the author, Sam Killermann, the new foreword reflects on the changing times since the first edition was published (wayyy back in 2013, before Caitlyn Jenner was a household name and Americans were in perpetual bathroom panic), ways the book is being used, and sets up the changes for the second edition.
In addition to the 30+ chapters that comprised the 1st Edition (all of which are still included, just revised, updated, and improved), there are several new chapters on subjects like political activism, pronouns, restrooms, and more. All chapters from this edition will be downloadable on this site once the book is released.
The back cover is an all-gender restroom sign (download here) to be cut out or photocopied for immediate bathroom activism. The design Fast Company called the "Gender Neutral Toilet of the Future" and the reason Sam is "perfectly O.K. with being known as the toilet sign guy" by The New York Times.
Get the good ol' fashioned paperback version of the 2nd Edition of A Guide to Gender: The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook. This version comes with "Kindle Match," meaning you'll get the Kindle version for free. Bonus! Hooray!
Get the Kindle version of the 2nd Edition of A Guide to Gender: The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook. It's available free with "Kindle Unlimited", so if you know what that is, you're in luck!
Get the PDF E-Book version of the 2nd Edition of A Guide to Gender: The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook. "$0+" means it's available pay-what-you-want/can — yep, you read that correctly. This is the "commitment to social justice" coming through. This version is the most versatile, and can easily be read on an iPad or computer, or even printed for lesson plans or other uses.
"Fantastic perspective with ground-breaking insight."
"This book should be in every school and every library"
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Where do we start, when it comes to learning about something that's everywhere, infused into everything, and is often one of the primary lenses through which we see ourselves and others?
When it comes to understanding gender, it's best to begin with deep breath, then with section one of this book by social justice advocate Sam Killermann, who uses clear language, helpful examples, and a bit of humor to help the medicine go down.
This book is not overwhelming, it's not overly complicated, and it's not exhausting to read. It is a couple hundred pages of gender exploration, social justice how-tos, practical resources, and fun graphics & comics. Sam dissects gender using a comprehensive, non-binary toolkit, with a focus on making this subject accessible and enjoyable. All this to help you understand something that is so commonly misunderstood, but something we all think we get: gender.
A Guide to Gender is broken into four sections: Basic Training (which sets the foundation of knowledge for the book, defining concepts of social justice, oppression, privilege, and more), Breaking through the Binary (beginning with a discussion of gender norms, and working toward a more nuanced understanding of gender identity, gender expression, and sex), Feminism & Gender Equity (how feminism can be a solution to the injustices folks of all genders face), and Social Justice Competence (a series of short, practical lessons that will help readers put the learning from the book to work).
It's written for people who want to learn for themselves, educators who are hoping to better communicate themes of gender to others, and activists who want to add a gender equity lens to their vision of justice.
It's not meant to be the end of one's journey into understanding gender, but a great place to start. Because gender is something we all deserve to understand.
Sam Killermann is a multi-disciplinary artist who puts his gifts to work to achieve global justice as the Director of Creativity for hues. Sam is also the person behind It's Pronounced Metrosexual, the comedy show performed at colleges and universities, as well as the online resource, which has educated millions of readers on themes of social justice, gender, and sexuality.
Killermann's work (that he uncopyrighted in 2013) has been downloaded by hundreds of millions of people around the world who utilize it to bolster their educational and advocacy efforts toward equity. His version of the Genderbread Person, a model for understanding and teaching gender and sexual diversity, has been translated into over a dozen languages.
In 2014, Sam designed an all-gender restroom sign that he gifted to the commons, which is now being implemented on three continents, is featured in the White House, and is becoming the standard for dozens of communities around the U.S. and world.
Sam is the author of A Guide to Gender, which is an exploration of gender from a social justice perspective, with humor and comics sprinkled in. The book opened as the #1 bestseller in gender on Amazon, and as a reflection of Sam's commitment to access as a core social justice value, he's given away over 15,000 copies of the book. He gave a well-received TEDxTalk that has over 200,000 views called Understanding the Complexities of Gender, where he distilled the themes of the book into a few minutes of fun, energetic, and easily-digestible speech.
Sam is the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project, a free online resource for LGBTQ and Ally training materials. The open source curriculum they published is being used by over ten thousand educators in at least 100 countries.
Outside of his key initiatives, Sam is a frequent keynote speaker, serves on the Board of Directors for Healthy Teen Network, is the comedy half of S.E.X., head elf at Socially Just Cards, and is always dreaming up new social good projects. When he's not on the road, he likes to spend at least a few hours a day bicycling around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself lucky to live.
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Watch Sam's TED Talk: Understanding the Complexities of Gender
Coming to Audible, iTunes, and other places you might find audiobooks.
Explainers of key concepts from the book, for teachers and learners alike.
Printables of every visual in the book, as well as some explainers that aren't.
Individual chapters from the book, lesson plans, and other helpful resources.