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The Gender Games

The problem with men and women, from someone who has been both
Narrated by: Juno Dawson
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Summary

Winner of the UK Black Pride Literary Prize for Non-Fiction Diva Awards 2017.

As seen on Transformation Street. 

'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.

©2017 Juno Dawson (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice - I loved it!" (Rebecca Root, star of Boy Meets Girl)

"Funny, thoughtful and honest...I read most of it on the train and had to stifle laughs every few pages." (Stylist) 

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Great, a must experience.

I always find autobiographical books difficult to review as I don't feel that I have the right to decide how good someone else's life is or has been so I always rate them based on how much I enjoyed the book and how thought provoking I found it and this was beyond thought provoking.

Having never read anything by or known much about Juno before I decided that I was going to read this I wasn't sure what to expect. She took us through her life up until the book was published, her ongoing transition from male to female and talked about gender roles, stereotypes, expectations and discrimination and how the socially constructed idea of gender is stifling everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

It's definitely given me a lot to think about, especially in regards to the things that we accept as "the norm" that really shouldn't be as well as where I fit into the world and how, despite being humans every minority group within society has their own set of issues, many that the average white, cisgendered, straight man doesn't even have to worry about.

This is a book for everyone.

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Hilarious and informative

This is a fantastic listen. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in gender. It's written with a great understanding of how gender effects people everyday; making you question the world around you. The writing is hilarious and entertaining throughout.

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brilliant book

a great book to listen to, I love Junos narration and the book has some excellent points. everyone should read this book

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Enjoyable memoir

Dawson has a lovely delivery and is warm, amusing and engaging. This is a memoir and personal perspective. I read it to try to understand the ideas of at least one trans person about gender and found it s mixed bag. lots of it, including the sections about living as a gay man, were very interesting to someone totally outside that experience. Questioning, openminded, critical friends of Trans people should listen to the moving anecdotes and insights in parts of the book. On the other hand we won't find a book justifying the epistemological claims that 'trans women are women' as the writer gets to a point where she appeals to faith alone, points out it is all subjective, and effectively says that anyone who needs further justifications should accept it or "fuck off".

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amazing!

a really fun memoir-but-not-a-memoir about life growing up to be a transgender woman. funny, clever and I learnt a lot!

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Great time listening to this story

I wish I knew about this book earlier but better late than never. I have learned a lot about mychoice Trans friends and definitely want to learn more

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Best book I've read on gender to date!!

Juno writes so eloquently on the subject of gender, putting into words concepts I've held for ages but haven't found the words for!

Brilliant!

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perception changing

I enjoyed that the narrator was the author, so her emphasis and tone added nuances to the meaning that made her true meaning clear. Easy to engage with. An easy listen in that it was compelling. Contains useful advice.

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A memoir highlighting the weird world of gender

A very funny and entertaining story and memoir. Juno has a sharp wit and great expressive narration too!

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loved it.the experience of the author is shared with her readers wonderfully and thought provoking