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My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity [Kindle Edition]

Kate Bornstein
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415538645
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415538640
  • Edition: 2
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"This updated edition of Bornstein's formative My Gender Workbook (1997) provides an invigorating introduction to contemporary theory around gender, sexuality, and power. The original is a classic of modern transgender theory and literature and, alongside Bornstein's other work, has influenced an entire generation of trans writers and artists. This revised and expanded edition extends that legacy, offering an accessible foundation for examining gender in the reader's life and in the broader culture while arguing for the dismantling of all forms of oppression. For fans of the original, Bornstein's new material merits a fresh read..."--Publishers Weekly, starred review


Cultural theorists have written loads of smart but difficult-to-fathom texts on gender theory, but most fail to provide a hands-on, accessible guide for those trying to sort out their own sexual identities. In My Gender Workbook, transgender activist Kate Bornstein brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender.


Bornstein starts from the premise that there are not just two genders performed in today's world, but countless genders lumped under the two-gender framework. Using a unique, deceptively simple and always entertaining workbook format, complete with quizzes, exercises, and puzzles, Bornstein gently but firmly guides readers toward discovering their own unique gender identity.


Since its first publication in 1997, My Gender Workbook has been challenging, encouraging, questioning, and helping those trying to figure out how to become a "real man," a "real woman," or "something else entirely." In this exciting new edition of her classic text, Bornstein re-examines gender in light of issues like race, class, sexuality, and language. With new quizzes, new puzzles, new exercises, and plenty of Kate's playful and provocative style, My New Gender Workbook promises to help a new generation create their own unique place on the gender spectrum.



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"This updated edition of Bornstein's formative My Gender Workbook (1997) provides an invigorating introduction to contemporary theory around gender, sexuality, and power. The original is a classic of modern transgender theory and literature and, alongside Bornstein's other work, has influenced an entire generation of trans writers and artists. This revised and expanded edition extends that legacy, offering an accessible foundation for examining gender in the reader's life and in the broader culture while arguing for the dismantling of all forms of oppression. For fans of the original, Bornstein's new material merits a fresh read..."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. She's the author of Gender Outlaws, Hello, Cruel World, and My Gender Workbook.

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  • File Size: 5436 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP3JN0C
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Don't be fooled. Kate Bornstein may seemed to have made an innocent book about gender and gender fluidity, but it is nothing more than Nazi propaganda. Kate Bornstein has been proven to have ties to the KKK, Scientology, and the American Nazi Party numerous times. The fact that she is still making books like these is astonishing to me. These are being used to teach students on college campuses people! Kate Bornstein is just trying to take advantage of people's naivety and the recent push for acceptance of non binary genders so she can slowly convince the young people to exterminate minorities and create a new white supremacy. Pictures like the one attached offended me. Don't be fooled by Bornstein's shills trying to hide her ulterior motives, this book is horrible and should be banned from colleges and schools.
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A grand claim, a lame outcome. January 5, 2015
Format:Paperback
Godawful book. It fails in every regard, especially in providing steps to becoming a different gender. It style is distracting, it feels more like a comic or children's book then a "Step by Step Guide to Achieving World Peace." If this book IS in fact being marketed towards children, I find that highly disturbing that Bornstein would try and push transgenderism on minds that are too young to comprehend such things.

This will not help you "Achieve World Peace," despite its grandiose claim. Simply learning Ambassador Nkutu's preferred pronouns will not help relieve the famine or drought. It will not stop Warlord Mkukaley from giving cocaine to child soldiers.

I would not recommend this to anyone, especially anyone considering crossing gender, which I also would not recommend to anyone.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work book February 10, 2014
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I use this workbook in my clinical practice with young trans folks... It helps them explore their internal feels, versus the social construct of gender.
Kuddos to Kate.

Donna Riley, LCSW
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 16, 2014
By Lizzt
Format:Paperback
Anyone can sit down and read a memoir or a scholarly journal article. Kate Bornstein's book allows you to interact with the book, writer, and yourself. It's amazing. I recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Kate Bornstein is a living legend, so it goes without saying that this book is fantastic. But 'My New Gender Workbook' truly goes beyond other gender theory texts available currently in extremely creative ways. Instead of placing the focus on those who transgress binary gender, Bornstein asks cisgender/gender-conforming readers to examine how and why they came to this identity, and how they have gone their whole lives without critically questioning and exploring such a central aspect of their being. The workbook is interactive, keeping the reader engaged, and is filled with challenges and philosophical questions to take on when not reading (think of it like a grown-up truth or dare, only now you're asked to be true to yourself). The book is lighthearted and approachable, regardless of age or knowledge of gender theory. Anyone exploring their gender identity, or having difficulty understanding a nonbinary concept of gender, would likely get a great deal from this book.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Should Be EVERYONE'S Gender Workbook! November 6, 2013
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Kate Bornstein is a brilliant gender theorist who puts her theory into practical application. She doesn't write like an academic. Her approach to a potentially scary topic is at once empowering, entertaining, and informative. Everything she's published has been amazing, full of wisdom, and practical lessons. If she hadn't had a cult in her past, I might offer to form one around her work. I call my would-be cult "The Kateriarchy".
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical and Positive January 29, 2014
By Oliver
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Reading it for a class, and about half way through despite getting it Saturday and it's now Wednesday. I can't put it down. Very easy to read. It really makes me think, and I thought I was way out of the box already. Recommend for any gender class that wants to talk about identity.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I loved the exercises in this book, the author is hilarious, the illustrations are cute, and the stories and other authors Kate Bornstein draws in are also helpful. I often found myself reading parts aloud to others, or sending them quotes from it. This book is great for anyone thinking about gender, sexuality, themselves, desire, authenticity.
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More About the Author

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright whose latest book was released May 1, 2012--a memoir, A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER, with the subtitle, "The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today."

Kate has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including GENDER OUTLAW: ON MEN, WOMEN, AND THE REST OF US, and MY GENDER WORKBOOK which she is currently updating for a second edition after 15 years.

Her 2006 book, HELLO, CRUEL WORLD: 101 ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE FOR TEENS, FREAKS, AND OTHER OUTLAWS propelled Kate into an international position of anti-bully advocacy for marginalized youth which has earned her two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Kate's books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world.

Kate lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and one turtle.

Photo Credit: Barbara Carrellas, 2012.

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