He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters

Hachette Audio. Oct. 2023. 11:15 hrs. ISBN 9781668633359. $27.99. SOC SCI
Transgender activist, educator, and former Harvard University swimmer Bailar (Obie Is Man Enough) offers a comprehensive, self-narrated primer for discussing and understanding the language, assumptions, and context surrounding gender and sexuality. Over the book’s four sections, Bailar addresses headlining issues, from health care and hormone treatments to sports and legislation. He defines language, discussing the importance of pronouns and how the language surrounding gender has evolved; listeners will likely appreciate his patient guidance as he suggests preferred terminology. He poignantly shares his and others’ lived experiences as he contextualizes gender-related issues within historical, political, racial, and societal landscapes. Bailar provides data to debunk common myths and misconceptions, allowing listeners to consider their own beliefs and assumptions in a new light. As a narrator, Bailar is animated and dynamic. His generous, engaging performance provides a sensitive road map for those needing tools and information in their quest to be good allies and friends.
VERDICT Bailar’s informative and affecting book couldn’t be timelier. An important resource for parents, friends, allies, teachers, trans and cisgender people, and anyone hoping to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
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