Do you remember the villain “Him” from The Powerpuff Girls? Him was a genderbending “monster” who looked like the devil, had a male body and wore feminine clothing. Him’s main transgression was the unwillingness to conform to traditional gender roles, and yet people called Him “The Man Without a Name,” “The Evilest of Evils,” “The Cruelest of Cruel” and “King of Darkness.”
The media is constantly portraying gay, transgender and genderqueer people as villains who spread disease, corrupt children and erode society. This book asks, “Why?” By using true stories, human rights information and scientific data, the authors indict the United States for indicting the LGBT community.
Seeing as the Vice President-elect Mike Pence has a history of criminalizing gay people, this book is a must-read if you live in the United States.
Black lesbian poet and feminist activist Audre Lorde is a prophet for intersectional lesbians. If you’re feeling marginalized on multiple sides – such as if you’re a person of color, if you’re an immigrant, if you’re poor – then Audre’s notions of being a “Sister Outsider” will ring true for you. Lorde tackles sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class in this slim book.
This book is just as important today as when it was written in 1984, and it may help you get through the difficult four years ahead.
This intense book will have you highlighting every page and questioning society as you know it. Sexuality and Socialism discusses:
- the roots of LGBT oppression
- the construction of sexual and gender identities
- the history of the gay movement
- and “how to unite the oppressed and exploited to win sexual liberation for all.”
Unlike many books about sexuality and theory, Sexuality and Socialism is easy to read, because it was written for average LGBT people who just want to know why they keep facing oppression.
Reviewers compared the author, Sherry Wolf, to Lady Gaga, and said that this book was “surprisingly funny.”
The more powerful statement in the book: “What humans have constructed, they can tear down.”