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It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity

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This dangerously stupid and misleading book sets out to teach children to think and speak in confused terms about their feelings and it advocates the bizarre possibility that they [or their school friends] may actually be born into the wrong body, a mad, almost medieval proposal that any sane parent would not wish to be promoting to children as young as four. If one page had said, "George identifies as a sunflower," this would have been consistent with the whole approach. They are interested in independent creative projects that promote direct action towards mutual liberation. Perhaps the most insidious is the misleading appeal that we learn to be kind to people who are different, an appeal to our good nature that works to disarm our critical faculties; seeking out the truth and opposing a harmful ideology does not entail being unkind or intolerant to its victims. Alex and JJ are non-binary, and just like there are lots of ways to be a boy or a girl, there are lots of ways to be non-binary as well!

It's not like hearing those words makes you trans, just like reading books with queer representation doesn't turn you gay (if only! It undermines parental choice in caring for their children and their ability to refuse experimental and unsafe medical interventions. I loved the artwork, which is done by a non-binary illustrator (and the words are written by the parent of a trans child). Especially wonderful is the way the illustrations explore further elements, such as diversity, intersectionality and non-gendered clothing and play, giving kids and parents even more avenues to discuss all the wonderful ways we can be different. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Not only that, but this will help kids to understand themselves as well, if they feel different from those around them. Noah graduated from Lesley University in 2018, with a BFA in illustration and a minor in creative writing. I think this is a great book for those members of society who want to be sure their children grow up with every option open and available to them. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and It Feels Good to Be Yourself is her first book for children.

This picture book belongs in every school and library: it is not just essential for those with gender nonconforming children in their lives, it is also a critical tool for discussing issues of gender identity and expression in a way that is empathetic, respectful, and affirming. I'm glad this book exists, and I do think it's a good resource- I'm just not sure how engaging a child would find it, because it's not a story, it's a set of explanations of terms.The weirdest thing about this book is how it's like, "Rosie's parents thought she was a girl, but she's actually a boy," without explaining what either of those words mean or why these concepts are significant in society. It includes two non-binary characters: ones who feels like both a boy and a girl, and one who doesn't feel like either.

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