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Maia Kobabe

Teoksen Gender Queer: A Memoir tekijä

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About the Author

Includes the name: Kobabe Maia

Tekijän teokset

Gender Queer: A Memoir (2019) 1,158 kappaletta
Tom O'Bedlam 1 kappale
Portfolio 1 kappale
The Nonbinary Bunny (2019) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Secret Loves of Geeks (2018) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire (2021) — Kuvittaja — 71 kappaletta
FTL, Y'all! (2018) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
The Most Important Comic Book on Earth (2021) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Redux (2017) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Alphabet : the LGBTQAIU creators from Prism Comics (2016) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta

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San Francisco, California, USA
Dominican University of California
California College of the Arts (MFA)
comics creator
zine maker
Emily Mitchell (Wernick and Pratt)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Maia Kobabe is nonbinary and uses e/em/eir pronouns.



I bought this book for my teenager, as it was at the top of all the banned book lists, which seemed like a good indicator that it would be worth reading. Then, as people continued to talk about it, I decided I had better borrow it from him.

I loved this book immediately. The illustration style is straightforward, inviting, warm, humane. The story is an unfolding of learning and discovery of gender that organically underlines how fluid it all is -- how the markers of gender are so heavily dependent on a particular time, place, social class, society. Maia's journey in slowly finding and drilling down on those things that feel authentic, comfortable, and frankly discussing the tradeoffs of conforming to one expectation or another.

One doesn't have to be questioning one's gender to find this book a revelation (though how helpful this book could be if you were!) The whole vibe of this is liberatory -- reminding us we can all be brave enough to pursue the becoming of who we truly are. In particular there were two scenes that felt like fireworks going off in my brain. First, the "controversial" blowjob scene -- which I honestly wish I could put in the hands of every teenager in their country. While conservatives wring their hands over the "obscenity," I was blown away by the honest depiction of someone trying something sexual with a partner that they thought they would be into, realizing they were NOT, communicating that, and their partner respecting that and moving on. I am comparing this to my own sex ed class, where we were shown a chart of a boy's arousal during sexual activity, and a line that depicted his "point of no return," where, it was heavily implied, it would be too late for us girls to say no.

I still get furious thinking about it. Obviously.

The other moment was unexpected. Maia meets up with Jana Bee, who introduces em to the concept of nonbinary identity and neopronouns. But something about Jaina's presentation -- hair, clothes, and especially that SWEATER made my heart fill with glitter. I am now on a quest for a real-world sweater that fills my heart with as much joy.

Listen. This book is incredible. And incredibly important. It needs to be on the shelves, available to kids who don't even know yet that they need it.
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greeniezona | 83 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 19, 2023 |
Revelatory memoir of a non binary artist. I’ll be ensuring we buy a copy for the school library where I work.
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secondhandrose | 83 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Fantastic illustrations, first off. Absolutely fantastic illustrations. A lot of the pages could be turned into individual prints due to their emotional impact and translation. Kobabe's handle on words, colors, lines, conveyance of facial expressions, and space shine in this work-- just heckin great.

I don't really have an opinion on what e wrote about emselves due to this being a memoir and this is Kobabe's truth. I will not take away from that with a 'well actually' when it comes to eir experience with eir sexuality and gender presentation. What I will say is that I saw a lot of myself in eir experience and I am grateful that it exists here for others to read and, hopefully, understand.

It's a 4 and not a 5 because there was an instance of quoting from an expert in the book and the fact that it is the only expert quoted in this memoir (as far as I remember I swear I did not see any other source quotes and if I'm wrong I'm wrong) makes me feel some kind of way.... however, that is the expert that Kobabe chose to quote from for eir memoir. I will not 'well actually' it, but I will state that I have discomfort with it and leave it there.
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LouLTE | 83 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 7, 2023 |
A fantastic memoir about growing up as genderqueer and about the feelings of not belonging and gender disphoria. It is filled with little anecdotes and introspective and tells the authors story from eir child- up till eir adulthood.

I would absolutely recommend it for an easy and yet deep understanding of the feeling of gender queerness.
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Hexenwelt | 83 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 6, 2023 |



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