Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures In Raising A Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures In Raising A Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron

C.J. is gender variant or gender nonconforming, whichever you prefer. Whatever the term, Lori has a boy who likes girl stuff—really likes girl stuff. He floats on the gender-variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine on the left all the way to super-girly-feminine on the right. He's not all pink and not all blue. He's a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow.

Lori's blog (the same title as the book) is great and very popular, read by over a million readers in more than 170 countries and is used in gender studies courses at over 35 colleges and universities.  

I'm enjoying reading the book, which feels poignant, honest, and important. It's an excellent resource for parents (and anyone who wants to get some insight into a gender-non-conforming child's life.)

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1 comment:

ishai-wallace said...

This book presents itself as a parent being supportive of her gender fabulous child - it's not. The parent slowly comes to terms with who the child is, after years of trying to repress the child, shame the child, not allow them to dress as they want, or play with the toys they want, or let anyone else know what toys they want to play with. As someone who both was a gender independent child and works with gender independent children I felt immensely let disappointed by this book. There are parents I work with who might find it appealing to know that other parents have struggled, but I would not recommend this book at all. There is far too much gender shaming, transphobia, and occasional homophobia for me to want any parent of a gender independent child to read it.