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Gender Queer: A Memoir av Maia Kobabe
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Gender Queer: A Memoir (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Maia Kobabe (Autor), Maia Kobabe (Künstler)

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In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.… (mer)
Medlem:Lairien
Titel:Gender Queer: A Memoir
Författare:Maia Kobabe (Autor)
Andra författare:Maia Kobabe (Künstler)
Info:Lion Forge (2019), Edition: 01, 240 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:graphic-novels, read-2023

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Gender Queer: A Memoir av Maia Kobabe (2019)

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I picked this book up at my LBS over my lunch break. It’s been on my TBR for a while but each time there is another wave of controversy, I feel a need to go purchase it and support the author and learn about their experiences. I have a lot to think about after reading this, and I’m going to write out just a little bit of that here and I might develop some of these thoughts for a posting elsewhere. For context, I am a cisgender white male who identifies as bi, though for the past 10 or so years identified as “exclusively” gay.

The book is clearly a work of writing-as-processing/therapy, and Maia uses it to explore eir growth and experience navigating gender and sexuality. Something that I really appreciated about how E described eir “coming out journey” (pg 98). I really loved how this graphic communicated the evolution of our sense of self, our understanding of that sense, and the tremendous confusion that permeates our minds as we develop over our lifespans. I find the cloud backdrop, which E has labeled “clouds of background gender confusion” a nice addition too. I think a process of writing out one’s journey like this would be therapeutic. I also really like how E has “ended” the graphic with an arrow – noting (by my interpretation, at least) that this isn’t a process that ends.

In this vein, I like that the memoir deals so much with the uncertainty that lives with us over things that are not concrete (and so few things are). There are several places in the work where the use of labels really stands out – every little bit of the author is catalogued and categorized, from zodiac, (Hogwarts) house, Myers-Briggs, kinks, etc. There is certainly a sense of power in being able to identify something about yourself, ascribe a word to a conceptual thing that holds meaning for you, and be able to find community around “common” language. Words make things easier to understand, sometimes easier to communicate (although very much not always, as Maia’s interaction with eir aunt demonstrates on page 198). Personally, I struggle a little bit with our want to make concrete things that are not concrete, especially when those things live in a context of uncertainty and ever-changingness. At what level of specificity do labels serve more to alienate than to communicate a shared experience? Where does a label stop being an empowering shorthand for communicating identities and start informing a person’s behavior? In essence, does the desire to “fit” into a label create some of the exact stress that Maia navigates working eir coming out and life process? I’m not sure there’s an answer, but I think it’s worth thinking about personally as we explore how we assign concrete words to fluid concepts when we communicate things about ourselves to others.

I really liked reading this. There were some parts that gave me a pause (is the scale art on pg. 124 really the clearest metaphor – doesn’t it sort of reinforce a gender binary?), but overall, I can see this book being a critical entryway for many different kinds of people, and that is often helpful. Yes, it is certainly a manifestation of writing as therapy, and there are some things to think about when reading something like this, but in my mind that comes with the territory.

Speaking of the territory – I found myself thinking a lot about the memoir as a format, reading this. In an extra at the back of the book, Maia writes, “Who wants to read a memoir by someone not yet 30?” I heard a similar thought when I told someone I was going to read this. I don’t think a memoir has anything to do with age, I think it has to do with the navigation of a complex thing or idea and charting the process by which the person navigated it – warts and all. Warts most importantly. These are a way for us to relate to one another, see another person’s process, and understand the experiences described and build empathy. For the memoirist, the act of writing is intensely therapeutic, and trying to balance authenticity, clarity, sensitivity, and a sense of responsibility for those who may read the work is a significant task. I imagine that those weights were especially significant given how deeply personal this work was, and I think we should be grateful to Maia for sharing, even if there are some areas of imperfection. No one is perfect, and a memoir that reflects perfection is not likely to be worth the paper it is printed on.

Life is deeply uncertain, and navigating uncertainty means we have to be willing to take risks and make mistakes and redress them where and when we can. If we could become more comfortable with uncertainty and with accepting concepts as fluid, I think all of us would be safer, happier, and more able to seek help when we need it. ( )
  ThomasEB | Jul 4, 2024 |
In sum: a girl grows up with neglectful parents who take no time teaching her about biology,anatomy,basic life skills or the difference between sex and gender leaving her thrown to the wolves of "figure it out yourself from media and whomever comes along". Apparently going against gender roles means living by the opposite sexes gender role and somehow THAT validates....gender roles.....

I don't hold anything against Maia, after all she navigated and is navigating life was best as she can given the circumstances stacked against her. She deserved more than being raised by fantasy and without adults to offer her the emotional and mental support she needed,especially at such a crucial time of development. ( )
  MissNerdinatrix | Jun 26, 2024 |
I love this book so much!

The 1 star category is toxic ignore them. ( )
  jszig | Jun 2, 2024 |
Didactic and enjoyable, though contained FAR too many H*rry P*tt*r references. ( )
  Amateria66 | May 24, 2024 |
So, so good. Immediately became one of my favorite graphic novels. Definitely reminiscent of Alison Bechdel memoirs, though a tad more emotional and less cerebral. ( )
  boopingaround | Mar 6, 2024 |
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(Starred Review:) A book to be savored rather than devoured, this memoir will resonate with teens, especially fans of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Mason Deaver’s I Wish You All the Best. It’s also a great resource for those who identify as nonbinary or asexual as well as for those who know someone who identifies that way and wish to better understand
 
Experiencing Gender Queer was transformative. Maia tells their story of self-discovery, and navigating gender with a lot of candidness and vulnerability. From the very first chapter, I was enthralled. Maia’s progression from confusion, then realization, to finally embracing, is one that I think a lot of people (regardless of gender, sexuality, or simply existentially) can relate to....
 
This heartfelt graphic memoir relates, with sometimes painful honesty, the experience of growing up non-gender-conforming. . . . Intermixed are lighthearted episodes relating Kobabe’s devotion to LGBTQ-inspired Lord of the Rings fan fiction and hero worship of flamboyant ice-skating champion Johnny Weir. Kobabe is a straightforward cartoonist who uses the medium skillfully (if not particularly stylishly), incorporating ample cheery colors, with a script that’s refreshingly smooth and nondidactic for the topic. This entertaining memoir-as-guide holds crossover appeal for mature teens (with a note there’s some sexually explicit content) and is sure to spark valuable discussions at home and in classrooms.
 
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In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

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