In English class the HTHS freshmen read Maureen Johnson’s awesome essay, “The Gender Coverup“, wherein she takes a look at gendered book covers and calls to task those who think there are ”boy” books and “girl” books.
After reading the article and viewing the slideshow, the students were challenged to attempt their own #coverflip.From Maureen Johnson's Tumblr.
1. Take a well-known book. (It’s up to you to define well-known.)2. Imagine that book was written by an author of the OPPOSITE GENDER. Or a genderqueer author. Imagine all the things you think of when you think GIRL book or BOY book or GENDERLESS book (do they EXIST?). And I’m not saying that these categorizations are RIGHT—but make no mistake, they’re there.3. Now, COVERFLIP! Make the new cover and put it online. Tweet or Tumbl it with the tag #coverflip.
In groups, the students decided on a book that they felt had a cover that appealed more to one gender than necessary. Then, they searched for Creative Commons images that they could use to create a new cover. In photoshop, they designed their new book cover with either a more neutral cover or one that appealed to gender stereotypes. Take a look at what they came up with!