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About this project

Hi, I'm Sam and I'm a professional social justice advocate & comedian & writer.

For the past few years I've been writing articles about LGBT concepts and creating queer-positive edugraphics on my website, It's Pronounced Metrosexual. Maybe you're familiar with this one:

Well, I wrote a book! It's a guide to gender, from a social justice perspective. It's a couple hundred pages of gender exploration, social justice how-tos, and fun graphics & comics. 

It offers clear, easily-digested, and practical explanations of one of the most commonly misunderstood things about people: gender.

It's not just about the trans* or transgender understanding of gender, though that is certainly a component. It's about gender itself, all-encompassingly, from a socially just and non-binary slant.

I wrote it with two goals in mind. I want to help individuals who read it better understand gender themselves (their gender and others') and I want to help those individuals help other people (who haven't read it) understand gender.

"Two in one? Are you freaking kidding me?! That's one heck of a book!" - you, I'm guessing

"Why are you Kickstarting?"

A couple publishers reached out to me to publish this book. There was only one area where we couldn't come to an agreement: I was insistent upon offering a free version through my website and they were insistent that I don't.

It's incredibly important to me that I am able to offer a free electronic copy of this book. Access is one my key key values as a social justice advocate, and I don't want even a small fee to stand in the way of someone getting this book and the education it provides.

Using Kickstarter is great for two reasons.

One, I retain full creative control over the book. This means I can offer a free version on my site (and I will) and I can also continue allowing others to license my writing and graphics (like the Genderbread Person) for free.

Two, Kickstarting will give me a sense of how much demand there is for a book like this. My goal is to make it a series. I'm already working on the second book, which will be about sexuality. If this project is successful, I'll have a push to finish that book and starting writing the others (about race, class, and religion).

"More books? But this one is already two! Will those four also be two in ones?! THAT'S SO MANY BOOKS IN BOOKS IN BOOKS IN BOOKS!" - you, appreciating math

"Tell us more about this book, good sir."

The book is broken up into four sections: Basic Training (introduction to core social justice concepts), Breaking Through the Binary (an in-depth exploration of gender diversity), Feminism & Gender Equity (a reconciliation of the main gender equity movement and the teachings of the book), and Social Justice Competence for Working Toward Gender Equity (practical, concrete how-to-type chapters surrounding gender issues and social justice interventions).

Some of the content from the book has appeared on my site, but is fully developed and expanded upon in the book. Each chapter has at least one comic-type graphic to illustrate or make light of a core point.

"Ha! The comics 'illustrate' the core points of the chapters? I see what you did there." - you, appreciating puns

"Let's talk more about these rewards."

One quick note: if there's not a reward there that you think should be there (e.g., bulk discounts on copies of the book), let me know. As long as it's reasonable. And not lewd. Lewd is not reasonable.

Full Electronic Resources Package ($10 or more)

In addition to the book, I'm creating a ton of resources that will help facilitate conversations and social justice trainings about gender. This reward will be a .ZIP of all of those resources, and include printable formats of worksheets, lesson plans, workshop curricula, activities, discussion guides, and edugraphics.

This package is what will separate the book itself (free e-book or printed copies) from the additionally priced "trainer's packet" version once the book is published. It's a great snag for Kickstarter backers to get it for $10 with the e-book -- and one I'm happy to provide as a thanks.

Signed Paperback Copy ($25 or more)

Exactly what it sounds like: a signed and personalized (by yours truly) full-color paperback copy of the finished book.

Signed Hardcover Copy ($50 or more)

Just like the last one, only this one is a hardcover, which means I can sign it harder. 

Edugraphic Posters ($80 or more)

High-quality 11X17 prints of the edugraphics featured in the book (like the Genderbread Person), rolled and shipped to your doorstep. There's one new edugraphic I'm particularly excited about, and will not be publishing it on my site until well after these posters go out, allowing backers the first peek.

Genderbread Person T-Shirt ($100 or more)

I have a few designs for this much-requested shirt, but I'm going to keep them under wraps until the first person chooses this reward. That person will get the double reward of being able to choose which design gets printed.

Heartfelt Dedication ($500 or more)

I will have a page in the book, right up front, dedicated to you to show my appreciation for your appreciation.

Appear in the Book, in Comic Form ($1000 or more)

Each chapter has at least one comic-type graphic. How would you like to be immortalized as an adorable character in one of those comics? I pinky promise not to portray you as a bigot. 

Campus Visit ($2000 or more)

The thing that led to me writing this book was my show, It's Pronounced Metrosexual. It's a one-person comedy show about snap judgments, identity, and oppression -- but in a totally funny way. I've performed at schools all over the US, to praise from students and staff alike

If you support this project, I'll come to your campus (or organization/business) for a day. I can do my show, lead workshops/discussions, consult and provide feedback on campus initiatives or organizations -- really, the sky's the limit. And I'll do it for a comprehensive fee of $2000 (travel, lodging, etc., included).

Hug ($5000 or more)

I'll find you. And I'll hug you. I've been told I'm a million-dollar hugger, so you're welcome in advance.

Thanks for not eating me.

I appreciate you taking the time learn about this project. Of all the things I've created, I believe this book is the best. It's so much of what I've done, and what matters to me, all smashed into one thing.

I also want to take a moment to thank the team of 40 editors from whom I was fortunate enough to get feedback on the manuscript. The book wouldn't be what it is without them, and while I'll be thanking them again in the book proper, I wanted to take a moment here to say it again: you know who you are, and thank you so much thank you so much thank you so much thank you so much (X10)

Yours in peace, love, and gender equity,

sK

Risks and challenges

The book is written and edited, so the hardest part is behind me. I have a fantastic independent print designer lined up to layout the book, who will begin working once the goal is reached. The sooner the goal is reached, the better (as we'll have more time to spend on print revisions), but even if it comes down to day 30, I'll still have ample time to get the book designed and sent to the printers.

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