The curated readings are organized into three sections addressing gender theory, play and gender studies, and the unavoidable consequences of gender itself. Featuring the writing of Simone de Beauvoir, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, and other seminal figures, the anthology tackles issues such as the patriarchal system, the meaning of being gendered, pornography, and the treatment of transgender and intersexed individuals.
Gender Matters encourages readers to challenge the “truth” of gender-related definitions, the ways in which people play into these truths, and the consequences of passively accepting them. Reflection activities in each chapter create the opportunity for students to deeply consider how all of these issues and topics play out in their own lives. Gender Matters is ideal for classes in gender studies, sociology, and gender issues.