SOCIAL SCIENCES

How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity

Sasquatch Books. Sept. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781632173133. $18.95. SOC SCI
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Language can be complicated. It can become ingrained in our psyche and feel immutable, so how do you convince family, friends, or yourself to include gender-neutral language? With this book, Getty (genderqueer public speaker and filmmaker) has created an easy-to-read introduction to nonbinary pronouns, and to the world between and beyond the gender binary. They start with the basic basics—what is gender, how is it different from sex, what is gender expression—and move on to how to use they/them and other gender-neutral terms (spouse/offspring/Mx./etc.). The language used to explain terms is simplified and accessible, making it easy for all to understand. Getty inserts humor, relatable interactions, and their personal experiences to bring the why of nonbinary language to the forefront. Illustrations by Thyng add creativity and clarity.
VERDICT Designed to be both a guide for those actively seeking more inclusive language and a useful gift for people who are uncertain regarding they/them pronouns, this book is more lighthearted than Dennis Baron's What's Your Pronoun? As an essential Q&A guide to gender identity, it deserves attention.

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