Gender Failure

Gender Failure

Book - 2014
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"Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted "gender failures." Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all. Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across the United States and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys. A book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes. Ivan E. Coyote is the author of seven previous books, the most recent of which is One in Every Crowd, and is co-editor of Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Originally from the Yukon, she now lives in Vancouver. Rae Spoon, author of First Spring Grass Fire, is a transgender indie musician whose most recent CD is My Prairie Home, which is also the title of a new National Film Board of Canada documentary about them. She lives in Calgary."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, ©2014
ISBN: 9781551525365
Branch Call Number: 306.768 SPO 2014
Characteristics: 252 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Coyote, Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth), 1969-


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VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

This book is based on Spoon and Coyote’s live show of the same title. It contains the text of the stories they told as well as Spoon’s song lyrics, and some of the images from the show.

Gender Failure explores both of the authors experiences growing up and not fitting into the gender binary, and the ways in which they have found authentic identities as non-binary people. Both Coyote and Spoon are wonderful writers, and this book is an emotional read.

May 26, 2016

For some reason I found Ivan E Coyote super off-putting. I guess I must have read one essay I didn't like and written them off, and it turns out I shouldn't've. Charming, funny, tragic. The essays aren't all equally strong, but they weave together nicely. And they're funny! And charming!

Apr 01, 2015

Wonderful collection! Vulnerable, tough, painful, passionate, compassionate, and easy to read and understand. Often very humorous. Such an excellent book!

Jan 31, 2015

Honest, brave, interesting, and enlightening. I'd love to spend an evening with these folks.

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