Life Isn't Binary : : on Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between
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submitted by chowcy on August 12, 2019, 4:28pm
It was a strange experience reading this book. It was structured academically with titles and subheadings, and references at the end of each chapter, but all in all, the book felt very subjective and philosophical. Every now and then, the authors would offer up personal anecdotes, which although interesting and authentic, were offered in this book as ways to support their points. The authors also cited themselves a lot in their references. The book is interspersed with unnecessary "why don't you take a break and breathe a bunch" pages that invite readers to stop and stretch and take deep breaths, which doesn't have anything to do with the book itself. It is as if the readers are children who do not know how to stop reading a book and resume when they want to?
The organization of the book is also a bit confusing. It starts with binaries in gender and sexuality and then ends with discussing emotions and thinking. The structure just seemed to fall off after the first few chapters, and the authors kept saying things like "more on that later" which gave the impression of jumping back and forth and confusing me about where this book was going.
I want to support the authors but this book was bewildering to read.
This books is phenomenal submitted by majean on November 15, 2021, 6:49pm I was pleased by how gently, but firmly, this book attempts to dismantle our innate sense of binary thinking. It's rooted in the lived experiences of real people, and is conscious of how distressing and triggering some readers may find the material, especially people whose identities have not been accepted by the people in their lives, which is a very real kind of trauma. I took the meditation breaks to digest the information and consider and challenge my own trauma around gender and identity and indoctrination in compulsive heterosexuality and gender binary.
Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019.
Year Published: 2019
Description: 237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm