Sex and Gender – An Introductory Guide is a new book for the tween/teen age group by the very talented artist and writer, Phoebe Rose.
Buy Sex and Gender here.
The book is a much-needed introduction to the subject of sex and gender for this generation of adolescents who are bombarded with ideas about ‘gender identity’ and misleading and false information about biological sex. The language, design and layout should especially appeal to children on the autistic spectrum who are most vulnerable to the idea that they may have been born in the ‘wrong body.’
In simple, relateable language, the book accurately explains biological sex, intersex, changes at puberty and sexual orientation. It also discusses how gender stereotyping puts girls and boys into restrictive boxes.
Although the book does not mention ‘gender identity’, children are given a way of understanding the confusing array of new gender labels as equally restrictive as traditional gender stereotypes.
In the form of a diverse range of characters asking questions, expressing confusion and discussing the issues amongst themselves, facts about sex and ideas about gender are fully explored in a way that will help children make sense of the confusing messages they are seeing all around them. The children in the book are all introduced at the end.
You can buy the book on our new publishing platform mybodyisme.com
Here, Phoebe Rose explains her motivation for writing the book:
“I wrote this book because I feel that there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information that children are struggling to make sense of, to the point where they are starting to confuse biology and orientation with socially constructed gender stereotypes.
I am a teacher by profession and I am deeply concerned that children are feeling under huge pressure to engage in an adult cultural debate, which can not only lead to anxiety, but also to irreversible medical intervention.
I am concerned that children who do not feel that they ‘fit in’ due to gender non conformity, sexual orientation, or autism (to name a few) may cling to ideologies in place of discovering their personality and growth over time in a safe way.
I also feel that children are smart and they can feel injustice, and sexist stereotypes are heavily pushed onto children… I want to encourage children to have the confidence to challenge stereotypes safely, in a healthy way.
At the moment I feel that the opposite is happening; children are instead being faced with sexist gender stereotype propaganda and it is contributing to pressure, bullying, homophobia and mental health social contagion. I came to this concern based on the feedback from children, their parents, detransitioners and psychologist/psychoanalyst whistleblowers.
Finally, I am an autistic lesbian woman myself, and I know that a book like this would have made a huge difference to me as a young teen, who even 25 years ago felt too much adult pressure regarding orientation and feeling accepted. My hope is that it brings comfort, representation, clarity and reassurance to young teens and tweens as they navigate this confusing time.”