Melissa F. Haley
📚 Book Review! 📚
Raising Them is a memoir about raising a gender creative child - meaning that the parents in this book do not disclose their child's genital configuration / sex, nor do they assign a gender to their child.
I really appreciated this book. I felt like hearing all the anecdotes was informative. They navigate talking to family, creepy friends of friends who demanded to see inside the diaper, and everything in between.
I also found the pregnancy and birth sections, which were about the baby being breech and navigating the medical system, to be poignant and resonant for probably any pregnant person who has had to relinquish some control in their birth.
My one big critique is that the author sort of acts like they invented this type of parenting. I believe that maybe they struggled to find resources on their journey. I don't believe that other queer folx didn't already have ideas and resources and community built around the topic of parenting and gender. I am just always suspicious when a white person isn't citing others...
Overall: 4/5⭐️ (would recommend)