Parents' Guide to

Gender Revolution

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Absorbing, empathetic documentary dives deep into gender.

Movie NR 2017 95 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Positive, affirming resource for helping EVERYONE (kids and adults) learn more about how understanding of gender is evolving.

Watched this with my seven year old (now eight) daughter this past summer. In some ways, I think I learned more than she did. The film leads you through many aspects of understanding gender, and, how these shifts in understanding impact real people and families. It led to great conversations between us. As an adult, I learned and was engaged. Six months later, my daughter said "I was cool about it. I learned more about people who are transgender, but, I have always been cool with that".

Is It Any Good?

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Incisive and moving, Couric's documentary about gender issues and identity introduces the uninitiated to new concepts and controversies. What does "cisgender" mean? What is "gender fluid?" How can young children know that their internal gender isn't the same as what people see on the outside? Is it ethical to surgically "correct" the genitals of children born intersex at birth, or should children be allowed to choose themselves? Couric, who frankly admits that she was born in a time when the controversy of the day was gender roles instead of gender identity, visits with dozens of interviewees who have answers to these and other questions.

This is the point at which sympathetic viewers may find themselves tearing up listening to an intersex man describe the life-long damage that was caused by being raised as a girl, or the isolation and agony a long-married trans woman describes before she broke down and told her wife that she was really Kate, not Bill. Couric has a way of gently asking the very questions that might occur to skeptical viewers: Why are pronouns important? How do the parents of trans teens know they're not just going through a phase? Why does it matter what bathroom someone uses? Given the chance to confront the prejudices they experience every day, the interviewees answer honestly, relieved not just to answer, but that the questions are being asked at all. They are seen. They are heard. As one college-aged trans man sighs in a way that seems to sum up Gender Revolution's POV, "Change is coming. And it's a relief."

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