I’m thrilled to write that I’ve been asked by Routledge Publishing to update my fifteen year old book, My Gender Workbook. We struck a deal, I’ve got the green light, and I’ve begun writing My New Gender Workbook. I’m so excited!
WHY AN UPDATE?
I’ve been in touch via Twitter, my blog, and YouTube with a lot of people who regularly read and use My Gender Workbook both in class and daily in their lives. It turns out that people really like the principles of the book—but that many of the cultural references and contexts—even the way some quiz questions are phrased—are out of date, and this sometimes gets in the way of grasping the important stuff. So, an update would involve a page by page combing out of outdated references. For example…
- There’s much more awareness of intersections of oppression and marginalization.
- There’s a much more sophisticated understanding of & experience with the Internet.
- The geopolitical world has grown vastly more polarized since the book came out.
- In a few places in the world, reat strides have been made in sex-and-gender freedoms.
- At the same time, many ghastly practices of policing sex and gender have been uncovered.
- Sex-and-gender activism has become globalized, and shuffled into the deck of social activism.
- Young Female-to-Male has replaced Middle-Aged Male-to-Female as the face of transgender in the world.
- Sex and Gender activism & awareness has become increasingly polarized along lines of class, race, and age.
WHERE DO YOU COME IN?
As in the original book, I’ll be looking for a great many voices other than my own. In the original, there were hundreds of voices other than mine, appearing in lists, text boxes and call-outs. In the new version, I’m aiming to include even more voices. My idea is to maintain a running commentary of multiple voices all through the book.
All submissions for the workbook should be in the form of tweets, or at most double tweets—that is to say, all submission should be no longer than 140 to 280 characters, including the mandatory hashtag: #MNGW (My New Gender Workbook). Why so short? The very best voices in the original workbook were short, articulate, and right to the point.
SO—WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?
Any gender-related topic you damned please.
However, over the course of the next 4-6 weeks, I’ll be asking specific questions on this blog and on Twitter. There’s going to be a new question every couple of days. But you don't have to wait for the questions. If you’ve got anything to say in 140-280 characters, I WANT TO READ IT, and I promise I will.
HOW DO YOU SEND IN YOUR SUBMISSION?
The best way is to use Twitter. Remember, two tweets maximum. All submission tweets must include the hashtag #MNGW or they very likely will slip through the cracks and we most certainly do not want that!
You can also post your answer on this blog. If you do, make sure you give us a way to reach you if we need to.
Or, you can email your submission to: mynewgenderworkbook at gmail dot com.
Please note that we will use no one’s words without their express permission.
Finally, there's no promise that your name will appear next to your words, or that your words will be used. Everyone whose words are used will be credited with the name of your choosing in the acknowledgements.
There’s only one more rule for submissions: don’t be mean.
ENOUGH ALREADY—HERE’S THE FIRST QUESTION
What’s your gender?
I cannot WAIT to see your kickass smart answers to this simple li'l question.
Please do retweet and repost and link to this blog to as many places as you can—even the surprising places.
Thank you in advance for all your help and support.