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Excluded : Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
by Julia Serano


Overview - While many feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexualitysometimes just as fiercely as the straight, male-centric mainstream does. Among LGBTQ activists, there is a long history of lesbians and gay men dismissing bisexuals, transgender people, and other gender and sexual minorities.  Read more...

 
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Overview
While many feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexualitysometimes just as fiercely as the straight, male-centric mainstream does. Among LGBTQ activists, there is a long history of lesbians and gay men dismissing bisexuals, transgender people, and other gender and sexual minorities. In each case, exclusion is based on the premise that certain ways of being gendered or sexual are more legitimate, natural, or righteous than others.
As a trans woman, bisexual, and femme activist, Julia Serano has spent much of the last ten years challenging various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer/LGBTQ movements. In Excluded, she chronicles many of these instances of exclusion and argues that marginalizing others often stems from a handful of assumptions that are routinely made about gender and sexuality. These false assumptions infect theories, activism, organizations, and communitiesand worse, they enable people to vigorously protest certain forms of sexism while simultaneously ignoring and even perpetuating others. Serano advocates for a new approach to fighting sexism that avoids these pitfalls and offers new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and sexism that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580055048
  • ISBN-10: 1580055044
  • Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Social Science > Women's Studies - General
Books > Social Science > Feminism & Feminist Theory

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-08-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

In her latest book, Serano elaborates on arguments from her first book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, putting hard-won lessons about feminism, queer politics, and gender to good use in a sharp and accessible essay collection. Most of the essays orbit around the theme of exclusion; Serano investigates how feminist and queer movements have excluded to transgender women, feminine people, bisexuals, sex workers, and others. Analyzing that discrimination, she provides theoretical and conceptual solutions that draw on her own feminist activism. Her unique take on the nature-versus-nurture debate is refreshing for its candor and nuance, avoiding dogmatism on either side. Serano takes what she calls a “holistic approach to feminism,” saying such a view is responsive to all forms of discrimination without practicing the titular exclusion that the book inveighs against. While her denial of the existence of a “gender system” flies in the face of much social research, the book is an excellent primer on contemporary transfeminist thought. (Oct.)

 
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