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Sam Killermann is a comedian and social justice advocate, and the guy behind It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, a one-man comedy show and blog about snap judgments, identity, and oppression (but in a to- tally funny way). He travels the country performing the show at colleges and universities, and writes articles about social justice, gender, and sexuality when he’s not on the road. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and your Facebook news feed. Sam’s obsession with understanding gender comes from his own experiences with gender and sexuality. He’s constantly incorrectly assumed to be gay, which has everything to do with his gender and little-to-nothing to do with his sexuality. Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but most don’t really understand at all. Kind of like the usage of the word “irony” (isn’t that ironic?). As a self-labeled “social justice comedian,” he spends a lot of his time trying to prove to people that this label makes sense. Sam is a dedicated ally and advocate, and blends humor into much of the work he does because he believes (like Mary Poppins believed) that sugar helps the medicine go down. Outside of It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, Sam runs a non-profit he founded called Gamers Against Bigotry, is the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project, is always working on new social good projects, and likes to spend a least a couple hours a day cycling around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself as lucky to live.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Impetus Books; 8.5.2013 edition (September 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989760200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989760201
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Got this book for free on facebook, and spent about two hours reading and skimming through various sections. As someone who is both a feminist and a sociologist on an academic and professional level, I knew or heard about every issue I have seen in the book. That said, it is a nice little primer on gender, which would serve as a good book for an undergrad classroom (I may even buy and use it once I get a teaching position -- come on, job market!) along with Jessica Valenti's Full Frontal Feminism. Both are rather fun reads, accessible and basic introductory understandings of gender that bring it out of the ivory tower and onto the forefront of social justice and activism. I've always been a big fan of the genderbread person, and this book contains that, and more, cleverly unpacking terms and comes with activities, space for critical thought, and lots of tools (like the privilege list) for teaching.

However, the book is not without fault. I found the the chapters on feminism to be rather lacking -- men advocating for how the feminist movement should move forward or be conducted isn't revolutionary, radical, or in any way, in my opinion, going to help a movement that is for women. I also could have done without the chapter on the author experiencing how many times he's been called a misogynist. If you're going to write about privilege, then detailing about the times that people have called you out on it, is not helpful. He goes on to suggest tone policing. While I agree somewhat, I don't think he's best suited to discuss it, and it detracts from the book's message as a whole.
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An amazing read, would recommend it to EVERYONE! Has very easily digestible sections, which make it easy to read, to pick up if you have a spare half an hour, and refer back to. I used it as a reference in a workshop I ran and it was such a great resource to have. Cannot recommend it enough!
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Wow, really disappointing. I had read the reviews that suggested the author had plagiarized, but wanted to see for myself. Absolutely, there is nothing original in this book that hasn't already been published or used elsewhere by many a social justice organization. I have been teaching social justice education courses for 15+ years and everything in this book, Killerman got from somewhere else. The whole book strikes me as a re-do of Kate Bornstein's very original 1994 book, Gender Outlaw, or even My Gender Workbook. Both of those are better bets than this cutesy, not-at-all-clever-but-clearly-thinks-it-is book.
The drawings are not interesting to look at and I can imagine are only included because they are by the author. They do not add anything to the educational value of the book.
I teach my students that your reference list shows how educated you are about your topic and gives you credibility. Killerman's shows that he hasn't really educated himself about these topics. I was astounded that even in the Recommended Readings, he doesn't include Feinberg, Bornstein, or Wilchins, all of whom were groundbreaking in writing about trans issues. I guess Killerman doesn't want his readers to find out that he has not an original idea in the book and that all his "explanations" are taken from other people's work.
I was looking for a fun book to add to my Sociology of Gender class and this was not it. Back to Bornstein it is...
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Seeing the author's TEDx is what encouraged me to read the book. Each chapter progressively takes you to place that makes sense, even though it challenges what some consider to be universal truths. More than anything it gave me better perspective by teaching me about gender and filling enormous gaps of knowledge that I didn't know I had.

It's an interesting and fun approach, the cartoons and conversational text really help make this a great read. Some may feel uncomfortable with a few (or more) of the ideas presented, but I see this book creating conversations and debates about a subject that may not be getting the attention it needs in Social Justice Advocacy.
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This book is just brilliant, it doesn't get nearly enough attention or appreciation! The way it's written is so easy to follow and fun to read with the perfect ratio of humour/seriousness and comics/text. A must-have for any social justice advocate.
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Looking for the right book to explain or understand gender identity, gender expression, and gender orientation from a social justice perspective, with a touch of humor, then you've chosen the right book.
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By Darian on October 13, 2013
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This book was the sum of all the genius I already knew Sam Killermann to be, compounded into one magical, myth-busting, magnificent, marvelous novel that I'm glad have the opportunity to read over and over again. Thank you Sam for your contributions to the quest for advocating social justice and your explanations (and doodles) that make this book informative, informational, and down-right fun to read.
Keep up the god work!
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By Seamus on October 25, 2013
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Too bad this idea, and probably the whole book was plagarized from a COPYRIGHTED document put out by Just Communities Centeral Coast in 2005.

Why is this man making money on something he stole?

Stop buying this!!!!!!!
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