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Gender Born, Gender Made: 304 [Paperback]

Diane Ehrensaft
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Experiment, The (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190010
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,359,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent informative book 1 Dec 2011
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This book is quite long but contains excellent sympathetic views on this difficult subject. Diane Ehrensaft covers all aspects of supporting children who were born the wrong gender; and she does it in an easy to understand way including many useful examples to illustrate her points. A must read book for families with a child on the wide spectrum on gender nonconformity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fully informative and well written 4 Jun 2011
By Stephanie Riger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does a terrific job of dealing with a difficult issue in a clearly written and thoughtful way. The author has tackled a topic that could have been sensationalist but instead she gives it deep consideration. This is a must read for youth workers, parents, and just about anyone interested in this important topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 23 May 2011
By Brian R. Juchems - Published on Amazon.com
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This should be required reading for all parents and adults who work with young people. I plan on using the wealth of information in this book in future trainings I provide for educators and after school service providers. Fantastic!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new gender paradigm 16 July 2011
By David N. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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In Gender Born, Gender Made Dr. Ehrensaft introduces a new gender paradigm. It includes and accepts the immutability of each child's inherent knowledge of their own gender while acknowledging that each child blends it with adaptations to environmental and social pressures to conform.
Dr. Ehrensaft posits several new concepts of gender variation, each representing that child's adaptation of their self-knowledge with society's attempt to enforce a binary gender identity. Along with transgender children - those that self-identify with the gender opposite the gender assigned at birth - she adds gender-fluid children, gender hybrids, gender smoothies, and the gender-queer youth who reject binary categories altogether. Beyond these, there are also protogay and prototransgender children. All are gender non-conforming, as none of them fit the typical societal gender norms.
The new paradigm offers several "gender selves" for gender non-conforming children. Their knowledge of their inherent, immutable gender that they are born with is referred to as True Gender Self. The shell or act that they adopt in order to fit in with their family and other members of society is referred to as their False Gender Self. Gender Creativity refers to the very creative ways in which these children see themselves in society and adapt themselves to fit in.
This well-written book belongs in the hands of every therapist and family doctor that may have reason to treat these children. Every parent who knows or suspects their child is gender non-conforming should keep Gender Born, Gender Made right next to their copy of "The Transgender Child" by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper - these books complement each other.
Gender Born, Gender Made provides us with a better - and more realistic - explanation of gender non-conforming children that any binary explanation could. It leads us further away from the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) concept toward Gender Identity Creativity (GIC), which is far less pejorative than GID.
GIC represents a difference, not a disease. Gender non-conforming children - of all ages - do NOT have a mental disorder. As Dr. Ehrensaft describes GIC, it reflects "an integrated and cohesive sense that being male, female, or other is based not on anatomy but on a mental discovery of one's true gender self, whose original kernel is there at birth."
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps our family 14 Oct 2011
By Carmen - Published on Amazon.com
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We have a child in our family who is like these children and this book helps us all understand her and make sure she travels this difficult road with love and understanding
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND 18 May 2011
By Windy Kahler - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly believe this book should be a required read, and I thank Diane Ehrensaft for writing such a wonderfully informative book.
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