• The Gender Games

  • The problem with men and women, from someone who has been both
  • By: Juno Dawson
  • Narrated by: Juno Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-01-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Two Roads
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the UK Black Pride Literary Prize for Non-Fiction Diva Awards 2017.

As seen on Transformation Street. 

'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.

©2017 Juno Dawson (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice - I loved it!" (Rebecca Root, star of Boy Meets Girl)

"Funny, thoughtful and honest...I read most of it on the train and had to stifle laughs every few pages." (Stylist) 

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  • Toni
  • 12-12-17

Great, a must experience.

I always find autobiographical books difficult to review as I don't feel that I have the right to decide how good someone else's life is or has been so I always rate them based on how much I enjoyed the book and how thought provoking I found it and this was beyond thought provoking.

Having never read anything by or known much about Juno before I decided that I was going to read this I wasn't sure what to expect. She took us through her life up until the book was published, her ongoing transition from male to female and talked about gender roles, stereotypes, expectations and discrimination and how the socially constructed idea of gender is stifling everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

It's definitely given me a lot to think about, especially in regards to the things that we accept as "the norm" that really shouldn't be as well as where I fit into the world and how, despite being humans every minority group within society has their own set of issues, many that the average white, cisgendered, straight man doesn't even have to worry about.

This is a book for everyone.

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  • Kirsten Ball
  • 11-03-17

Hilarious and informative

This is a fantastic listen. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in gender. It's written with a great understanding of how gender effects people everyday; making you question the world around you. The writing is hilarious and entertaining throughout.

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  • Musical Anorak
  • 08-18-18

A Book That Really Makes You Think

Part memoir, part social and societal study on the impact of Gender. This was a really fascinating read. I'm glad I chose to listen to the Audiobook. Juno's friendly and conversational writing style/ narration, helped me navigate easily through the vast topics this book covers.

I'd definately urge everybody to listen to this book. It is a book that definately makes you think; about the true societal impact of Gender norms.

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  • Amelia
  • 06-19-18

Incredible

I truly enjoyed listening to this. Juno Dawson is a fighter and ambassador for the LGBTQ community. If there were more people like Juno in the world, life might be a bit more straightforward! 100% recommend!

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  • dc
  • 05-17-18

An amazing insight into her life

this book challenged my views on what societal constructs we all live our lives within...what is gender, is it just a construct... certainly challenged my thinking about what isidentity and how it is built on how other percieve us and how we perceive ourselves...and she delivers it with a sense of humour...this book will challenge everyone and widen their view...

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  • Fionn
  • 04-29-18

Genderingly Fanastic

If you could sum up The Gender Games in three words, what would they be?

Accurate, considered, entertaining.

What other book might you compare The Gender Games to, and why?

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

Which character – as performed by Juno Dawson – was your favourite?

Herself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Learn something, idiots.

Any additional comments?

As a trans man, I am naturally "skeptical" about things that are bound to talk about my life and identity. I have been a Juno Dawson fan for the past four or so years and I am so happy to see that she has done us proud. Nothing was glossed over, everything considered and a really well-balanced exploration of the one phenomenon we all blindly allow to govern our lives: gender. Well done and thank you.

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  • KHenderson
  • 04-04-18

Reading this/ listen to this book should be compulsory

I read the hardback book when it came out last year (2017) and I really enjoyed it. Decided to listen as audiobook as had heard great things about the audio version. I adored this audiobook particularly as it was read by Juno herself! It was hilarious listening to the way she writes and read the/her story! Def prefer the audio than the hard back. Think this book should be compulsory for all to read. Can really learn a lot from
It!!! Xx

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-18

Mindless

Incredibly superficial. Should have something meaningful to say about gender, but I found this so basic and badly written, I'd learn more and be more stimulated by a 5- year old. I got 2/3 of the way through and, though I can't remember the last time I had to do this with a book, I gave up on it.

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  • Terry Weston
  • 11-01-17

Great!

I totally recommed you read this book - it's a great performance and a great story