thanks for posting one of our booklet illustrations. FYI, you can find the other pages at our website- www.thegenderbook.com
Hi friends! Just wanted to let everyone know how the book-making process is going. Fun facts follow!
- There are 70 pages total in the book.
- We have completed illustrations for 60 of them.
- We have (mostly) complete text for 52 of them.
- The pages left to color are the acknowledgments page, footnotes and further reading, the index, the two pages of glossary, and the inside front cover.
- The pages left to edit are the “Walk in our Shoes” pages I and II, How to Be an Ally, and this page.
- Meanwhile, we have a spreadsheet of short-run printers going that will make the first edition print for us (self-publishing), because
- We haven’t heard back from traditional publishers yet.
- On the plus side, thanks to Koomah we have a fabulous new video that might help with our kickstarter/other fundraiser to pay for that first round of printing.
We are super excited about how near to completion this book is and also entirely aware of how without big beautiful community support this project would go nowhere. Thank you, everyone who’s contributed so far, again, and if you see anywhere in the above where you could help, please get in touch and let’s collaborate together!
How you as a community member can help the GENDER book project
well there are three main areas we could use your help with:
- spread the word - share, reblog, post, print and hand out pamphlets to your school
- contribute content - tell us your story for the book’s content, or add your expertise and information to the genderpedia, or help edit the rough draft (critique, tell us about typos, help us reword so it’s easier to understand).
- help with resources - hook us up with publishing leads, gift us kinkos gift certificates or airline miles to help us educate, talk to your professors about having us speak to your class, or we take cash through PayPal.
In this gifting season, just thought we’d throw some options out there in case any of ya’ll feel overflowing with gratitude for a gender education tool like ours and need to do something to help. We recently got a $50 donation from a rad mom on behalf of her drag fabulous kids, and are always so inspired by our communities.
Ever wonder what the GENDER booklet is? It’s actually different from the book, a kind of pre-book mini handout version made of 6 of the most-requested pages. You can see a pdf of it at www.thegenderbook.com/the-booklet, but remember this hasn’t been updated in a little while, so it might not reflect the most recent information out there. Still, we hope it’s useful as an educational tool. One day, we do hope to revisit and edit it, but for now all of our energies are going into editing the full-length book, what we call the GENDER book.
Here’s a table to help clear up the confusion:
the GENDER booklet the GENDER book
6 pages long 70 pages long
the most essential information everything we could fit
fits in your pocket fits on your bookshelf
mostly purple full color
both pages show up on Tumblr sometimes, so it might be good to know which is which. Hope this helps! mel
I recently gave our website a little face lift. Most of the stuff is pretty minor, tweaking fonts and colors, but I realized that some of you tumblrs might not be familiar with our site, so this week I’ll be highlighting different pages over at thegenderbook.com, with the intention of spreading the word about the book, booklet, and the project itself. Please reblog if you’d like to share our project with your friends and followers! - Mel
Literacy for all genders.
glad our little book has been picked up by a literacy blog. Feel free to reblog and share us with your followers. Education is for sharing! -Mel
Alright folks, here it is, at last, a digitally bound version of all the major content pages of the GENDER book. Now is the time for feedback from you, our amazing community.
Some of the changes to come are pretty obvious, like I mistyped “neutral” on that one page and some of the speech bubbles are still blank. Even if they’re obvious and we probably already know, go ahead and mention it anyway, suggest what you’d put in those empty bubbles! If nothing else, keep us honest in our great typo search.
Please keep your comments on positive (or at the very least, constructive) notes. Remember, we’re just humans like you doing the best we can. Thanks!
Mel Reiff Hill
resident artist, the GENDER book
PS- New here? To learn more about our book, please visit our website!
PPS- Make sure you press ‘expand’ by hovering over the middle of the book if you care to, you know, read the words.
This page was a late addition, but it’s important and will go near the start of the book.
What are some common misconceptions you feel around gender?
Website redesign is up and running!
If you haven’t been to www.thegenderbook.com lately, you really should check it out.
It’s a great way to contextualize these graphics and learn more about who and where they came from, and learn ways to give back to the project if they’ve been useful to you.
Also, there are some free downloads and an archive of all past pages. Check it out!
So, last night I dreamt of erasers. Like the kind on top of pencils. Drawers and drawers of them. Blue and lavender, all different shapes. And then I woke up and realized my pencil drawer is looking sad.
Before I go to the art supply store, I just thought I’d throw this out there: the GENDER book (yes, every single image you see on this blog) is a 100% labor of love from 3hardworking individuals.
A package of erasers costs $6.95. Can you spare that, to help the project out? I normally am opposed to this sort of appeal, but if you knew how much time and <3 and $$ we’ve already put into these informational graphics and booklets, you’d know I’m not asking anything of you I haven’t already given myself.
So, please consider a little donation- every single donor will be honored in our book, from one cent on up.
We could really use $500 to help finish this project. Can you help us get there?
Mel, illustrator and co-creator of the GENDER book
(totally broke? we understand. please visit our website for more ways to help and get involved, or repost this to folks who may be in a better place to help. Thanks!)
What did you do this morning?
I fed my horses and the dog and myself, and then colored and texted up this page. I think it’s probably one of the most important ones in the book, so I don’t know why I saved it for next-to-last to color. Maybe because we already have a page for it in the booklet, maybe because I wanted to get more research in, make it as good as possible. It’s not perfect, but I hope it helps. Please share. -Mel