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The Gender Games

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473648609

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 8th February 2018

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

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‘Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice – I loved it!’ Rebecca Root, star of Boy Meets Girl
‘Funny, thoughtful and honest’ Stylist

‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.

Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.

Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world in which everyone can truly be themselves.

The Gender Games has been optioned by SunnyMarch Productions to be turned into an original television series, written by Rose Lewenstein.


One of the bravest, freshest voices
Laura Dockrill, Observer
Part memoir, part manifesto, The Gender Games is filled with the type of funny, thoughtful and honest writing that has made Dawson a multi-award winning YA author...Frank, witty, and educational'
This book is incredible, I loved it so much
Emma Gannon, CTRL ALT DELETE podcast
A saucy, sassy, sweary look at gender, and how it trips and entraps us.
Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner
This memoir ... got me underlining, and texting friends, frequently.
Stephanie Burt, TLS
If you want to be well informed about what it menas to be trans, I can highly recommend Juno's book The Gender Games. It's a funny, honest read and clears up a lot of confusion and misinformation
Lorraine Kelly, The Sun
Funny, thoughtful and honest writing ... It's soberingly relevant and makes you want to #smashthepatriarchy
Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice - I loved it!
Rebecca Root
Not only is this book incredibly informative, it's also very funny.
Zoe, Readabilitea
It's not often as a grown-up that someone makes you sit up and re-examine not only your own identity, but your attitudes to an entire social group. But that's the effect this thoughtful, articulate woman had on me. ... Dawson's book is eminently readable and often very funny.
Marianne Taylor, The Herald
Informative and entertaining. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone: we all have something to learn about gender.
Chloe Scaling, Palatinate