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The last in our series of four installments from the Feminist Press, here are queer theory essentials, because you cannot understand the intersections of gender and sexuality, without sexuality. All books are linked to their publisher’s purchase page, not Amazon. Most are published by independent presses.
- Epistemology of the Closet- Eve Sedgwick innovates what we now call a “queer reading.” Look specifically for her introduction, Axiomatic, where she argues against any kind of absolution or binary when it comes to gender and sexuality.
- Spit and Passion- Christy C. Road’s graphic novel about her experience as a closeted twelve-year-old in a Cuban Catholic family obsessed with Green Day, a story about how music can save a soul.
- A History of Sexuality- Michel Foucault’s three-volume pioneer for sexuality studies that studies how sex has always existed in public discourse (even when we don’t see it!), a fascinating and essential read.
- Testo Junkie- Beatriz Preciado continues where Foucault’s History of Sexuality left off, highlighting how hormones modify how we concieve of our bodies, and how pharmaceutical and pornographic industries produce desire.
- Tango- by Justin Vivian Bond, a memoir of “difference” and an utterly relatable tale of adolescence, told from the trans/queer kid who joined the cub scouts and had secret trysts with the bully next door.
- My New Gender Workbook- Kate Bornstein writes an accessible guide and fun framework to living with, without, and in between genders.
- We Walk Alone- When Ann Aldrich’s book came out in 1955, it was the first in its field. In this memoir and investigative work of journalism, she writes about the underground urban lesbian culture of New York City.
- Fun Home- Alison Bechdel writes a startling personal narrative and comic history, a countercultural icon for lesbian and lgbtq narratives.
- New Lesbian Studies- this collection, edited by Bonnie Zimmerman and Toni McNaron, reveals the differences between lesbian perspectives and activisms. Writings about theory, practice, and lived experience.
- Stranger on Lesbos- Valerie Taylor wrote three explosive and utterly entertaining lesbian pulp fictions. When a bored housewife meets Blake, a butch lesbian, at a community college course, her world opens.
- Black Queer Studies- E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson, a groundbreaking volume to increase visibility of queer, black communities, and the erasure of black communities and perspectives within the LGBTQ movement.
- Pissing in a River- A lesbian punk-soundrack by Lorrie Sprecher, this intoxicating and hilarious novel depicts young Amanda who moves to London to get immersed in its punk and queer activist scene.
- Gender Trouble- Judith Butler writes against feminism’s tendency to essentialize sex and gender, rewriting how we think of gender as learned and performative rather than a priori reality.
- Queer Ideas- An essential and interdisciplinary introduction to queer ideas, a collection of the key thinkers of today and yesterday reflecting on their experiences and theorizing into new fields.