Books books books (etc.)

NOTE: I have not read all of these books. Some of them, particularly the earlier feminist stuff, may be problematic as regards cissexism and so forth, but i’ve included them because they nonetheless are important texts within the field (and i always think it’s best to know thine enemy). Some of the texts that i have read and whose theses i want to highlight i don’t endorse are in parentheses. However, just because a book isn’t in parentheses doesn’t mean i do endorse its views—it more likely means its one of the ones i haven’t read yet.


Note 2: 
You will notice that this list currently prioritises some aspects of gender studies/related issues over others. Namely, there’s a lot on disability, illness, embodiment, trans/gender and passing, corporeal subjectivity and sexology, and comparatively less on ethnic minorities’ feminisms and theoretical texts how race (especially in the US) intersects with feminism.

This is because the former align with my academic interests and my own experience (i am disabled) and the latter don’t, really (i am not in an ethnic minority). Whilst i have studied a great deal about the topics that are well-represented here, regretfully i haven’t studied much (or anything, in some cases) of the topics that are least present here.

Consequently, any recommendations for texts in these areas would be gratefully received. And for any other texts you think should be added.

This list is going to keep expanding. I hope you like it.

Comics (about cool women, by women, about other topics covered on this blog—sexuality, HIV, sex work, etc.)
Fun Home (UK) // Fun Home (US) - Alison Bechdel

Embroideries (UK) // Embroideries (US) - Marjane Satrapi

Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story (UK) // Blue Pills (US)- Frederik Peeters

The Tale of One Bad Rat (UK) // The Tale of One Bad Rat (US)- Bryan Talbot

Ghost World (UK) // Ghost World (US) - Daniel Clowes

Lost Girls (UK) // Lost Girls (US) - Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie

American Widow (UK) // American Widow (US) - Alissa Torres

Paying for it (UK) // Paying for It (US) - Chester Brown

Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 - Unmanned (UK) // Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 (US) - Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra  (This text is apparently extremely cissexist; perhaps the person who recommended it for the list would get in touch with me to defend their recommendation? I’d love to know why you asked me to add it.)

The Mirror of Love (UK) // The Mirror of Love (US) - Jose Villarrubia & Alan Moore (not strictly a comic, but.)


Trans/gender & passing
Gender Trouble (UK) // Gender Trouble (US) - Judith Butler - 

Middlesex (UK) // Middlesex (US)- Jeffrey Eugenides

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (UK) // Whipping Girl (US) - Julia Serano

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (UK) // Sexing the Body (US) - Anne Fausto Sterling

Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer (UK) // Queer Theory, Gender Theory (US) - Riki Wilchins

Female Masculinity (UK) // Female Masculinity (US) - Judith Halberstam

The Drag King Book (UK) // The Drag King Book (US) - Judith Halberstam

Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (UK) - Gayle Salamon
Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience (UK) - Matt Kailey
Self-made Man: My Year Disguised as a Man (UK)- Norah Vincent
Transgender History (UK) - Susan Stryker
Becoming a Visible Man (UK) - Jamison Green
Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex (UK) - Judith Butler
Genderqueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary (UK) - Clare Howell, Joan Nestle, and Riki Wilchins
-From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond (UK) - Morty Diamond
My Princess Boy (UK) - Suzanne DeSimone Cheryl Kildavos
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us (UK) - Kate Bornstein
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (UK) - Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman
The Passion of New Eve (UK) - Angela Carter
Cock and Bull (UK)- Will Self
Orlando (UK)- Virginia Woolf 
Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitude (UK) - Amy Bloom 

Sex/uality
The Science/Fiction of Sex: Feminist Deconstruction and the Vocabularies of Heterosex (UK) - Annie Potts
The Camera My Mother Gave Me (UK) - Susanna Kaysen
Sex, Lies, and Pharmaceuticals (UK)- Ray Moynihan & Barbara Mintzes
Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the École Freudienne (UK) - Juliet Mitchell & Jacqueline Rose
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence (UK) - Adrienne Rich
Epistemology of the Closet (UK) - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (UK) - Carole Vance
The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics and the Ethics of Queer Life (UK) - Michael Warner
The Invention of Heterosexality (UK) - Jonathan Katz
((- The History of Sexuality: The Will to Knowledge (UK) - Michel Foucault))
((- Intercourse (UK) - Andrea Dworkin))
Same Sex, Different Cultures: Gays and Lesbians Across Cultures (UK) - Gilbert H. Herdt

Embodiment/subjectivity
Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (UK) - Susan Bordo
- 'What Happened to You?': Writing by Disabled Women (UK) - Lois Keith
The Body in Pain (UK) - Elaine Scarry
Regarding the Pain of Others (UK) - Susan Sontag
Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (UK) - Elizabeth Grosz
Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory (UK) - Kate Conboy
Written On The Body (UK) - Jeanette Winterson
Fat! So?: Because You Don’t Have to Apologise for Your Size (UK) - Marilyn Wann
Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America (UK) - Deborah Nelson
The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women (UK) - Naomi Wolf  
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (UK) - Jean-Dominique Bauby 

Sex Work
Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry (UK) - Robert Weitzer
The Sadeian Woman (UK)- Angela Carter
Paying for it (UK) - Chester Brown
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS (UK) - Elizabeth Pisani
The Crimson Petal and the White (UK)- Michel Faber
((- Pornography: Men Possessing Women (UK)- Andrea Dworkin))
((- The Industrial Vagina: The political economy of the global sex trade (UK)- Sheila Jeffreys))
Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America (UK) - Laura Kipnis 


Films, documentaries, miniseries(es)
Paris Is Burning [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
Orlando [DVD] [1992] [UK Region 2] //
Angels In America (HBO) [2003] [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
Boys Don’t Cry [DVD] [2000] [UK Region 2] //
Tipping the Velvet : The Complete BBC Series [2002] [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
Mrs. Doubtfire [DVD] [1994] [UK Region 2] //
Gia [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
Happiness [DVD] [1999] [UK Region 2] //
Frozen River [DVD] [2008] [UK Region 2] //
The Crimson Petal and the White [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
Philadelphia [DVD] [1994] [UK Region 2] //
Death Becomes Her [DVD] [1992] [UK Region 2] //
Diving Bell And The Butterfly [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
Girl, Interrupted [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
An Angel At My Table [1990] [UK Region 2] //
Prozac Nation [DVD] [UK Region 2] //
The Celluloid Closet [DVD] [1995] [UK Region 2] //
Before Stonewall [DVD] [1984] [UK Region 2] //

Fiction
A Kind of Intimacy // - Jenn Ashworth
The Edible Woman // - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale // - Margaret Atwood 
Giovanni’s Room // - James Baldwin
Union Street // - Pat Barker
The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf // - Stephannie Barron 
Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories // - Angela Carter
The Passion of New Eve // - Angela Carter
Middlesex // - Jeffrey Eugenides
A Girl Named Disaster // - Nancy Farmer
Stone Butch Blues // - Leslie Feinberg
The Yellow Wallpaper, Herland & Selected Writings // - Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
The Well of Loneliness // - Radclyffe Hall
The End of Alice- A.M. Homes
Beloved - Toni Morrison 
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Woman on the Edge of Time -Marge Piercy
Braided Lives - Marge Piercy
Wide Sargasso Sea- Jean Rhys
Cock and Bull- Will Self
Venus as a Boy - Luke Sutherland
Written On The Body - Jeanette Winterson
Orlando- Virginia Woolf  

Postcolonial & ethnic minority feminisms 
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color - Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa
Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins 
Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics - Cynthia Enloe
Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity - Chandra Talpade Mohanty 
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology - ed. Johnson and Henderson
Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza - Gloria Anzaldúa
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center: From Margin to Centre - bell hooks 
Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics - ed. Jose Munoz 
Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline - Gust Yep 
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches - Audre Lorde 
Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption - Jane Jeong Trenka
Woman, Native, Other: Writing, Postcoloniality and Feminism - Trinh T. Minh-Ha
Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism - Daisy Hernandez 
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty - Dorothy Roberts 
Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People - Joan Roughgarden 

Critical, feminist & gender theory, essays etc. 
The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir
Must We Burn De Sade?- Simone de Beauvoir
Must We Burn Sade? - Deepak Narang Sawhney
Gender Trouble - Judith Butler
Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation- Mary Daly
Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture - Laura Doan
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women - Susan Faludi
The Madwoman in the Attic - Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar
Simians Cyborgs & Women +: The Reinvention of Nature - Donna Haraway
This Sex Which is Not One - Luce Irigaray 
Speculum of the Other Woman - Luce Irigaray
An Ethics of Sexual Difference- Luce Irigaray
Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of “Bitch” MagazineEd. Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler
The Barbie Chronicless - Yona Zeldis McDonough
Visual and Other Pleasures - Laura Mulvey
Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality - Gayle Salamon 
Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences - Sarah Schulman
Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection - Julia Kristeva
The Female Malady: Women, Madness and English Culture, 1830-1980 - Elaine Showalter
Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence - Pierette Hondagneu Sotello 
A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf
Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women - Elizabeth Wurtzel 


Memoir

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
Paying for it - Chester Brown
In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution - Susan Brownmiller
Girl, Interrupted- Susanna Kaysen
The Camera My Mother Gave Me - Susanna Kaysen
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books - Azar Nafisi
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel - Jeannette Walls
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson 
Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - A Memoir - Elizabeth Wurtzel  
More, Now, Again - Elizabeth Wurtzel

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