Book Chapter

‘Girl brain… boy body’: Representations of trans characters in children’s picture books

C Bartholomaeus, DW Riggs

The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives | Published : 2019


While an increasing number of children disclose that they are trans, there are few resources aimed at children which include representations of trans people. This chapter presents a comprehensive audit of picture books portraying trans characters. Despite their potential usefulness, many of the books perpetuate normative discourses about gender and display only narrow forms of acceptance. Three key aspects are analysed: 1) adherence to a binary model of gender, 2) ‘appropriate’ gendered clothing, behaviours and interests and 3) the reliance on professionals for diagnosis. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the potential importance of books with trans characters for children, both for..

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