Books on Gender Identity
Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. Vintage, 1994. Bornstein details her shift from heterosexual male to lesbian woman in the autobiographical investigation of sexual orientation and sexual preference.
Butler, Judith. Trouble, 1989. Routledge Classics, 1989. A groundbreaking book when published that builds on the principal that sex and gender are separate concepts. Butler closely examines gender norms and the performance of “feminine” and “masculine.”
Butler, Judith. Undoing Gender. Routledge, 2004. Examines and updates topics looked at first in Gender Trouble. Discusses the impacts of heteronormative society on individuals who do not neatly fit within the gender binary system. Butler examines gender and sexuality using psychoanalysis, feminist, and queer theory.
Cronns-Mills, Kirstin. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Flux, 2012. A coming of age tale of a transgender boy beginning to transition with parents and classmates who don’t understand, a best friend he has a crush on, and a supportive older friend who helps him find an outlet as a radio DJ.
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. Basic Books, 2000. Using case studies and scientific research, Fausto-Sterling investigates our definitions and understanding of gender and sexuality. She asserts that even our scientific data on these subjects is biased because it is shaped by the culture producing the studies.
Fine, Cordelia. Delusions of Gender: How our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. W. W. Norton & Comp., 2010. Looking at gender, specifically the assumption that there is a hardwired difference between male and female brains and argues that culture ingrains us with behaviors, not nature.
Nestle, Joan (ed.) GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary. Alyson Books, 2002. This collection of thirty personal accounts examines gender as a social construct.
Killermann, The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender. Impetus Books, 2013. Killerman details the exploration of gender and the non-binary system in an accessible manner.
Kilodavis, Cheryl. (Suzanne DeSimone, illustrator.) My Princess Boy. KD Talent LLC, 2010. Written about her own experience with her son, Kilodavis calls for more tolerance and unconditional love by telling the story of a young boy who likes pink and princesses. Ages 4-8.
Sedgwick, Eve K. Epistemology of the Closet. University of California Press, 1990. Sedgewick examines the development of sexual orientation as an idea by using literary works.