The best 93 Gender & Sexuality books

Exploring Gender & Sexuality sheds light on diverse identities and societal norms, fostering empathy and inclusivity. Our expertly curated book list delves into these complex themes, offering nuanced perspectives for a richer understanding.

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The best 93 Gender & Sexuality books
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Gender & Sexuality Books: Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Half the Sky

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
4.5 (17 ratings)
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What's Half the Sky about?

Half the Sky is about unlocking the greatest untapped resource on Earth: women. It outlines some of the most serious problems facing women throughout the world, such as human trafficking and gender-based violence, and why it’s so difficult for the world to overcome them, and what we stand to gain if we do.

Who should read Half the Sky?

  • Women and men everywhere
  • Anyone interested in feminism and gender equality
  • Anyone who wants to make the world a better place

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Getting to 50/50 by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

Getting to 50/50

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober
How Working Parents Can Have it All
3.5 (46 ratings)
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What's Getting to 50/50 about?

Getting to 50/50 (2009) exposes the myths surrounding traditional male and female parental roles and provides actionable techniques that allow both mothers and fathers to be independent earners, enjoy quality time with their children and share responsibilities in the household.

Who should read Getting to 50/50?

  • Parents who want to share their responsibilities but don’t know how
  • Pregnant women or mothers who want to continue working throughout motherhood

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Unfinished Business

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Women, Men, Work, Family
3.6 (13 ratings)
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What's Unfinished Business about?

Unfinished Business (2015) offers a frank analysis of a pressing question. Is it really possible for men and women to “have it all” in our modern society? Can we hope to have a great family life and great career? As these blinks reveal, striking a balance between the personal and the professional isn’t only possible; it’s easier than you might think.

Who should read Unfinished Business?

  • Women who want to have a successful career and a happy family
  • CEOs who want to provide a mother-friendly workplace
  • Men hoping to learn more about what equal romantic partnership means

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Professor in the Cage by Jonathan Gottschall

The Professor in the Cage

Jonathan Gottschall
Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
4.2 (23 ratings)
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What's The Professor in the Cage about?

In The Professor in the Cage (2015), professor Jonathan Gottschall enters the world of mixed martial arts to discover the sources of our fascination with violence. Through the power of modern science and by applying the weight of human history, these blinks reveal how our love of fighting is grounded in our deepest human instincts.

Who should read The Professor in the Cage?

  • Anyone interested in the origins of violence
  • People fascinated by martial arts
  • Anyone hoping to learn more about humanity’s fascination with fighting

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir
4.5 (204 ratings)
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What's The Second Sex about?

The Second Sex (1949), an 800-page feminist classic, explains how woman has been shaped into the “Other,” second sex – the negative counterpart to man. By examining history, myths, biology and life experience, de Beauvoir paints a clear picture of why woman is subjugated to man, and how womankind should respond.

Who should read The Second Sex?

  • Feminists
  • People interested in philosophy
  • Anyone who loves classics

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Gender & Sexuality Books: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Why Feminism is the key to a better world
4.0 (143 ratings)
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What's We Should All Be Feminists about?

In We Should All Be Feminists (2014), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie expands on her much admired TEDx talk to address our deepest misconceptions about feminism. By masterfully interweaving personal anecdotes, philosophy and her talent for prose, she explains how men and women are far from being equal, how women are systematically discriminated against and what we can do about it.

Who should read We Should All Be Feminists?

  • Anyone who doesn’t see the need for feminism
  • Feminists looking for more arguments and reasoning to strengthen their positions
  • Anyone on the fence about the role feminism can play in modern-day society

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

Men Explain Things To Me

Rebecca Solnit
And Other Essays
3.8 (90 ratings)
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What's Men Explain Things To Me about?

Men Explain Things To Me (2014) is a collection of essays that examine the range of misogyny in our culture, from everyday microaggressions to legal systems that fail to punish rape. Solnit explains how sexism perpetuates itself, and what we can all do to eliminate it.

Who should read Men Explain Things To Me?

  • Women who are tired of men talking down to them
  • Men who want to be allies in the fight against misogyny
  • Anyone curious about feminism or how deep-rooted sexism is in our society

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Asking for It by Kate Harding

Asking for It

Kate Harding
The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – and What We Can Do about It
4.1 (19 ratings)
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What's Asking for It about?

Asking for It (2015) is about rape culture, the social and cultural practices that normalize rape by diminishing the experiences of victims and vindicating perpetrators. These blinks outline the various manifestations and effects of rape culture, and the steps we can take to dismantle it.

Who should read Asking for It?

  • Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual violence
  • Romantic partners looking to understand more about consensual sex
  • Policy makers and sex educators

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Fast Forward by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli

Fast Forward

Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli
How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose
4.7 (16 ratings)
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What's Fast Forward about?

Fast Forward (2015) is about one of the most underappreciated resources on earth: women. These blinks, which argue that women will be the key to this century’s greatest achievements, outline many of the myriad problems that women face, as well as the steps we can take to solve them.

Who should read Fast Forward?

  • Feminists and human rights activists
  • Anyone interested in global power politics
  • People who want to make the world a better place

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki

Sex and the Citadel

Shereen El Feki
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
3.9 (42 ratings)
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What's Sex and the Citadel about?

Sex and the Citadel (2013) offers a revealing look at the sex lives of people in Muslim countries, especially Egypt, which, about 200 years ago, was a hotbed of sensual and sexual activity, but has since become a conservative and sexually repressed society. These blinks take you through the taboos, censorship and gender discrimination that many Muslims continue to resist.

Who should read Sex and the Citadel?

  • Non-Muslims hoping to learn more about the diversity of Muslim society
  • Muslims interested in their culture’s sexuality
  • Feminists who want a better understanding of the struggles Muslim women face

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Why Love Hurts by Eva Illouz

Why Love Hurts

Eva Illouz
A Sociological Explanation
3.5 (57 ratings)
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What's Why Love Hurts about?

Why Love Hurts (2012) is about the history of love, romance and relationships. These blinks detail the gender differences, cultural expectations and social structures that shape our conception of love and make it one of the more difficult emotions to experience.

Who should read Why Love Hurts?

  • Men who are fed up with being called unemotional
  • Women who are tired of being considered clingy
  • Singles who struggle to maintain relationships

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger

Galileo’s Middle Finger

Alice Dreger
Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice
3.4 (33 ratings)
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What's Galileo’s Middle Finger about?

Galileo’s Middle Finger (2015) tackles head on the controversial issue of transgender research, intersex issues, and the conflicts that have arisen between academics, scientists and activists. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at just how dangerous an idea can be when it challenges a familiar narrative or an established ideology and  reminds us that, in the face of harmful threats and accusations, it’s important to be open, honest and persevering—and that science and social justice need each other in order to work.

Who should read Galileo’s Middle Finger?

  • Activists fighting for controversial causes
  • Scholars studying ground-breaking subjects
  • People who want to transcend identity politics

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Engines of Liberty by David Cole

Engines of Liberty

David Cole
The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law
3.5 (17 ratings)
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What's Engines of Liberty about?

Engines of Liberty (2016) is an exploration into the influence citizens can have on government, and the changes that can be brought about through activism, the spreading of information and the mobilization of one’s peers. When it comes to the big issues of our time, like gay marriage, guns and human rights, it’s passionate citizens who are speaking up for what they believe in and bringing about change.

Who should read Engines of Liberty?

  • Activists passionate about civil liberties
  • Lawyers and politicians interested in the history of civil rights
  • Concerned citizens who want to become more active

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Managed Heart by Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Managed Heart

Arlie Russell Hochschild
Commercialization of Human Feeling
3.4 (38 ratings)
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What's The Managed Heart about?

The Managed Heart (1983) is the seminal sociological text that introduced the concept of emotional labor. These blinks reveal how we adjust our emotions to our advantage in social and professional contexts, and shed light on the risks and consequences of this form of self-management.

Who should read The Managed Heart?

  • Readers working customer-facing jobs
  • Students interested in gender issues in the workplace
  • Working mothers frustrated with the expectations they face

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Gender & Sexuality Books: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft
4.3 (88 ratings)
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What's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman about?

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is a historical text that details the gender disparities of the eighteenth century. These blinks explain the ways in which women were subservient to men at this time, why the author wanted a fairer world to take shape and how she suggested it could be done.

Who should read A Vindication of the Rights of Woman?

  • Feminists everywhere
  • History and sociology students
  • Men who want a historical look at women’s rights issues

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Moody Bitches by Julie Holland

Moody Bitches

Julie Holland
The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy
4.0 (62 ratings)
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What's Moody Bitches about?

Moody Bitches (2015) is your guide to the female body and brain. These blinks explain some of the reasons behind the emotions and fluctuating moods that women can experience and how they can better tune into themselves, embrace their feelings and their bodies.

Who should read Moody Bitches?

  • Women who are frustrated by their mood swings
  • Young girls who want to know more about their brains and bodies
  • Women who want to have better sex

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer

The Female Eunuch

Germaine Greer
The landmark book in the history of the womens rights movement
4.2 (43 ratings)
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What's The Female Eunuch about?

The Female Eunuch (1970) is an explosive feminist classic that confronts the societal expectations holding women back. These blinks argue that it’s womankind’s responsibility to create new definitions of femininity and take ownership of their bodies, sex and lives.

Who should read The Female Eunuch?

  • Sociology students looking for an introduction to second-wave feminism
  • Budding feminists seeking an empowering read
  • Men who’d like to learn about the forces shaping patriarchal society

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Unscrewed by Jaclyn Friedman

Unscrewed

Jaclyn Friedman
Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All
3.8 (29 ratings)
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What's Unscrewed about?

Unscrewed (2017) looks at the numerous obstacles that women face every day on their path to equality and respect. Author Jaclyn Friedman shows the way forward. She shines a light on those who are already hard at work dismantling these barriers and explains why even though the current system may be imbalanced, but we can build a new one.

Who should read Unscrewed?

  • Women and men interested in sexual politics
  • Sociology students
  • Readers who want to be better sex educators

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Women and Power by Mary Beard

Women and Power

Mary Beard
A Manifesto
4.1 (51 ratings)
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What's Women and Power about?

In Women and Power (2017), Mary Beard brings her considerable expertise and wry wit to bear on history's treatment of powerful women. Britain's best-known classicist retells stories from the ancient world and brings her analytical insight to the modern day. Beard explores the cultural roots of misogyny, the vilification of women’s voices, and asks whether it’s time for power to be redefined.

Who should read Women and Power?

  • History buffs
  • People interested in feminism
  • People looking for context to current discussions about sexual harassment, abuse of power and the #MeToo movement

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Gender & Sexuality Books: How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb

How Not To Be a Boy

Robert Webb
3.5 (31 ratings)
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What's How Not To Be a Boy about?

How Not To Be a Boy (2017) is writer and actor Robert Webb’s personal account of what it was like to grow up as a boy in rural England. In particular, what it was like to be the kind of boy who wasn’t all that into typically “manly” stuff. Webb’s tale is both a heartfelt autobiography and a humorously critical assessment of the pressures society can put on young men.

Who should read How Not To Be a Boy?

  • Readers who love a funny story
  • People opposed to gender stereotypes
  • Fans of Robert Webb and Peep Show

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Brotopia by Emily Chang

Brotopia

Emily Chang
Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley
4.4 (21 ratings)
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What's Brotopia about?

Brotopia (2018) explores the male-dominated culture permeating the technology industry and looks at why and how women are excluded from it. Looking especially at Silicon Valley and the companies based there, the book argues that the tech world is anything but progressive.

Who should read Brotopia?

  • Those who work or want to work in the tech industry
  • Female employees who believe they are unfairly mistreated in the workplace
  • Tech company CEOs and managers 

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Power Up by Magdalena Yesil

Power Up

Magdalena Yesil
How Smart Women Win in the New Economy
4.2 (19 ratings)
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What's Power Up about?

Power Up (2017) aims to empower women in the workplace with practical advice and heartfelt anecdotes from a Silicon Valley pioneer. Although primarily focused on the tech industry, it’s a guidebook that can be applied to breaking glass ceilings in all industries. From taking ownership of career choices to navigating sexist office politics, Magdalena Yesil offers a call to action for women who want appropriate credit for their hard work and a salary to match.

Who should read Power Up?

  • Women in business
  • Anyone working in the tech industry
  • Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis
Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
3.8 (120 ratings)
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What's Girl, Wash Your Face about?

Girl, Wash Your Face (2018) is about one crucial truth – you, and you alone, are responsible for your life and happiness. It’s an empowering and sometimes challenging guide to living a joyful, productive and ambitious life.

Who should read Girl, Wash Your Face?

  • Moms and women who feel overwhelmed by life
  • Anyone who needs a little inspiration to pursue their dreams

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Gender & Sexuality Books: How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

How Women Rise

Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job
4.4 (155 ratings)
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What's How Women Rise about?

How Women Rise (2018) explores the surprising things that women say, do and think in the workplace that hold them back from progressing. Using real-world examples and practical advice, the blinks explain how professional women can meet their full potential and rise to the top of their chosen career ladder.

Who should read How Women Rise?

  • Women wanting to climb the career ladder
  • Employers who seek to make their workplace more female-friendly
  • Social psychology enthusiasts looking for fresh insights

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Flow by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim

Flow

Elissa Stein and Susan Kim
The Cultural Story of Menstruation
4.4 (22 ratings)
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What's Flow about?

Flow (2009) explores the historical and cultural context of menstruation. By doing so, it seeks to debunk the myths that surround periods and address the misperceptions people have of the basic bodily process of menstruation.

Who should read Flow?

  • Those interested in the history and cultural significance of menstruation
  • Women who are afraid to ask their friends and family about periods and sexual health
  • Women experiencing puberty or menopause

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Stop Apologizing

Rachel Hollis
A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
4.3 (148 ratings)
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What's Girl, Stop Apologizing about?

Girl, Stop Apologizing (2019) is a helpful and empowering guide for any woman who’s felt the need to apologize for pursuing their dreams and wanting more out of life. Author Rachel Hollis shares tips and advice that have helped her reach her personal goals – and that might help others realize their own dreams too.

Who should read Girl, Stop Apologizing?

  • Women eager to be more productive
  • Moms tired of being made to feel guilty for being ambitious
  • Anyone interested in being more driven

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay
Essays
4.2 (108 ratings)
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What's Bad Feminist about?

Bad Feminist (2014) is a collection of often personal essays examining race, gender and feminism in the United States. The author, Roxane Gay, pays particular attention to the way media, politics and pop culture shape society’s views and champions her own brand of feminism – one that doesn’t always follow the rules.

Who should read Bad Feminist?

  • Anyone not sure if feminism is for them
  • Anyone looking to gain insight into racial equality in America
  • Students of politics, literature and creative writing

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Bloody Brilliant Women by Cathy Newman

Bloody Brilliant Women

Cathy Newman
Pioneers, Revolutionaries, and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention
4.2 (37 ratings)
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What's Bloody Brilliant Women about?

Bloody Brilliant Women (2018) shines a light on some of British history’s most remarkable women, who, for years, were conveniently left out of history books mainly written by men. Newman rights this wrong, providing an exhaustive history of the multitude of women responsible for shaping Britain from the 1880s to the present day.

Who should read Bloody Brilliant Women?

  • History buffs
  • Feminists
  • Anglophiles

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Gender & Sexuality Books: When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney

When Women Ruled the World

Kara Cooney
Six Queens of Egypt
4.1 (200 ratings)
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What's When Women Ruled the World about?

Ancient Egypt is a historical anomaly: the Egyptians called upon women to lead their country more frequently than any other culture. Tracing their rise to power within the authoritarian system of divine kingship, When Women Ruled the World (2018) tells the stories of Egypt’s six most important female leaders – Merneith, Neferusobek, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Tawosret and Cleopatra – and explores what lessons they hold about female leadership for us today.

Who should read When Women Ruled the World?

  • Folks who are interested in the history of female leadership
  • Women who want to be inspired by female trailblazers of the past
  • History buffs who want to learn more about life and death in ancient Egypt

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

The Moment of Lift

Melinda Gates
How Empowering Women Changes the World
4.2 (84 ratings)
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What's The Moment of Lift about?

The Moment of Lift (2019) relates the journey that Melinda Gates embarked upon to help empower women all around the world. Whether through stories of people she met via her charitable work or from experiences recounted by others, this part-memoir, part-call-to-action explores the myriad social and economic issues women and girls face on a daily basis. But while many of these hurdles seem insurmountable, only by overcoming them can humanity as a whole move forward to a more egalitarian and just future.

Who should read The Moment of Lift?

  • Women who want to learn more about gender issues
  • Men looking to understand the hardships faced by women
  • Curious minds interested in the links between poverty, gender and inequality

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
4.4 (39 ratings)
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What's Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions about?

Dear Ijeawele (2017) is a series of suggestions for raising young girls to be strong, independent women. A few years ago, a childhood friend of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked her advice on a very important topic – how to raise her daughter to be a feminist. Her friend was called Ijeawele, and this book is the author’s response.

Who should read Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions?

  • Feminists
  • Parents of daughters
  • Men looking for insight into what it’s like to grow up as a girl

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez
Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
4.5 (223 ratings)
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What's Invisible Women about?

In Invisible Women (2019), Caroline Criado Perez argues that there is a “gender data gap” – that the bulk of the world’s data is based on male bodies and male behaviors. The result is a world that not only caters to men but often actively disadvantages women. Perez shows how the data underpinning everything from medicine and AI to the size of our smartphones fails to account for women’s needs. She explores the myriad problems this data gap causes and suggests how it might best be addressed.

Who should read Invisible Women?

  • Feminists of all genders
  • People interested in design, public policy, urban planning, AI and tech
  • Data scientists and analysts

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Gender & Sexuality Books: She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

She/He/They/Me

Robyn Ryle
For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters
2.8 (281 ratings)
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What's She/He/They/Me about?

She/He/They/Me (2019) provides readers with a unique opportunity to explore the many concepts and phenomena of gender. Weaving anthropology, global history and gender studies into a fascinating blend of empirical information and theoretical speculation, author Robyn Ryle opens our eyes to the sheer vastness of the possible forms that gender can take.

Who should read She/He/They/Me?

  • People interested in fighting for a society that has more gender equality 
  • Those seeking a deeper understanding of masculinity and femininity 
  • Individuals interested in doing away with such dualities altogether

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

Fair Play

Eve Rodsky
A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)
4.4 (74 ratings)
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What's Fair Play about?

Fair Play (2019) explores gender inequality in the division of domestic labor and the impact of this inequality on mothers. Packed with practical advice, these blinks also offer couples a radical approach to reallocating domestic chores so that women married to men can get a fairer deal. 

Who should read Fair Play?

  • Busy working mothers
  • Fathers seeking a better work-life balance
  • Stay-at-home moms wanting to change their lives

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

The Witches Are Coming

Lindy West
3.3 (61 ratings)
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What's The Witches Are Coming about?

In The Witches are Coming (2019) writer and feminist activist Lindy West applies her scalpel-sharp intellect to today’s political landscape. She uncovers the ideological agendas behind everything from Adam Sandler movies to the wellness movement, abortion rights to Louis C.K.’s comeback. This is feminism for the post #metoo era.

Who should read The Witches Are Coming?

  • Feminists who feel frustrated by the state of contemporary gender politics
  • Men who want to be better allies to the women in their lives
  • Anyone who’s oppressed by the patriarchy

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Know My Name

Chanel Miller
A Memoir
4.6 (34 ratings)
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What's Know My Name about?

In Know My Name (2019), Chanel Miller presents her side of what happened when she was sexually assaulted by Stanford student Brock Turner and forced to endure a long and traumatizing trial in the public eye. Drawing parallels between her own experience and the structural mistreatment of women in the court system, she explains what made her determined to share her story and empower other survivors.

Who should read Know My Name?

  • People who want to learn more about the experience of sexual assault survivors in the US court system
  • Memoir-lovers who want to be inspired by the story of a remarkable woman 
  • Activists who want inspiration for effecting political change

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen Ghodsee

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen Ghodsee
And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
3.7 (40 ratings)
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What's Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism about?

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism (2018) makes an argument that’s even more provocative than its title suggests. More than just better sex, it claims that women have better lives in general under socialism. To prove this claim, it compares and contrasts women’s lives under state socialism, democratic socialism, and neoliberal capitalism. 

Who should read Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism?

  • Socialists wanting ammunition for their next argument 
  • Capitalists wanting food for thought 
  • Women and men wanting a fresh take on gender equality

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende

The Soul of a Woman

Isabel Allende
A personal meditation on life, feminism, and what it means to be a woman
4.4 (73 ratings)
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What's The Soul of a Woman about?

The Soul of a Woman (2021) is an honest and personal meditation on life, feminism, and what it means to be a woman. Drawing on experiences from the author’s life, it explores issues around women’s oppression, love, ambition, aging, and abuse. It is at once the story of one woman and the story of all women.

Who should read The Soul of a Woman?

  • Anyone who has experienced misogyny
  • Men who want to understand what life is like for women
  • Fans of biographies and memoirs

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Bedtime Biography: Vindication by Lyndall Gordon

Bedtime Biography: Vindication

Lyndall Gordon
A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft
4.7 (231 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: Vindication about?

Narrated by Karen Cass

Vindication (2006) tells the inspiring, thrilling, and often tragic tale of the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, known today as the founder of modern feminism. Drawing on significant moments in Wollstonecraft’s life, from her childhood in an abusive household to her experiences co-founding a school and living in Revolutionary France, it paints a picture of a woman who was as complex as she was brilliant. Throughout every stage of her life, Wollstonecraft was truly an original thinker, and her influence on feminist thought continues to ring out today.

Who should read Bedtime Biography: Vindication?

  • Feminists and people interested in the history of women
  • Fans of stories about tragic heroes
  • Anyone fascinated by the personal lives of famous historical figures

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Beat Gender Bias by Karen Morley

Beat Gender Bias

Karen Morley
How to Play a Better Part in a More Inclusive World
4.0 (134 ratings)
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What's Beat Gender Bias about?

Beat Gender Bias (2020) explores the beliefs and behaviors that underpin the glass ceiling and that stop women and girls from reaching their full potential. It explores the persistence of workplace sexism and explains how leaders can tackle it.

Who should read Beat Gender Bias?

  • Sociology buffs looking for a different perspective 
  • Feminists hoping to create change in their workplaces
  • Leaders seeking insights into equality and diversity issues

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Gender & Sexuality Books: You Are Your Best Thing by Edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

You Are Your Best Thing

Edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience
4.1 (102 ratings)
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What's You Are Your Best Thing about?

You Are Your Best Thing (2021) is an anthology of original essays that explore Black experiences of living, loving, and parenting in America today. It examines concepts like vulnerability and shame, and shows that the key to personal healing lies in confronting white supremacy and the racist systems that make Black people feel unsafe in their communities. 

Who should read You Are Your Best Thing?

  • Black people looking for tools to heal from trauma
  • Psychology-lovers seeking new perspectives on how the personal and political intersect
  • Those who want to deepen their understanding of the impact of racism in America

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Gender & Sexuality Books: All In by Billie Jean King

All In

Billie Jean King
An Autobiography
4.4 (31 ratings)
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What's All In about?

All In (2021) tells the remarkable life story of Billie Jean King, the woman who led a call for equality in women’s sports that soon reverberated around the world. King’s activism and refusal to back down led to real changes in the US legislature, with results that spread far beyond the realm of sports. All the while, King grappled with personal issues that would only find resolution later in life.

Who should read All In?

  • Sports fans
  • Activists and equal rights crusaders
  • Anyone who loves a good inspirational story

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Abortion and the Law in America by Mary Ziegler

Abortion and the Law in America

Mary Ziegler
Roe v. Wade to the Present
4.4 (130 ratings)
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What's Abortion and the Law in America about?

Abortion and the Law in America (2020) offers a comprehensive legal history of abortion rights in the US. It highlights the social and cultural shifts that have contributed to the abortion debate and looks closely at the types of arguments invoked by both sides.

Who should read Abortion and the Law in America?

  • People who want to learn more about the complexity of the American abortion debate
  • Those interested in the relationship between cultural values and law
  • Anyone following US politics

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky

Find Your Unicorn Space

Eve Rodsky
Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World
4.1 (258 ratings)
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What's Find Your Unicorn Space about?

Find Your Unicorn Space (2021) opens the door to an important conversation about what makes us unique as individuals and offers a guide to discovering, claiming, and growing your creative interests.

Who should read Find Your Unicorn Space?

  • Women who give too much
  • Creatives who don’t have time to create
  • Recovering workaholics, martyrs, people pleasers, and moms

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Gender & Sexuality Books: We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers

We Should All Be Millionaires

Rachel Rodgers
Change Your Thinking, Build Bank, and Claim Your Independence
4.0 (501 ratings)
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What's We Should All Be Millionaires about?

We Should All Be Millionaires (2021) shows how women can attain financial success by casting off impostor syndrome and demanding that they be paid what they’re really worth. Here, you’ll learn how the ability to earn, save, and manage money has been denied to women – and why that’s a bad thing for the world as a whole.

Who should read We Should All Be Millionaires?

  • Women looking to empower themselves with wealth
  • Those looking to found companies of their own
  • Any woman who has been underpaid and overworked

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Gender & Sexuality Books: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf
4.5 (238 ratings)
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What's A Room of One’s Own about?

A Room of One's Own (1929) is a perceptive rumination on gender and self-expression. This extended essay explores the social and structural barriers women face when creating art.

Who should read A Room of One’s Own?

  • Artists looking for inspiring words
  • Women exploring the history of feminism 
  • Those struggling to understand social injustice

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Unbound by Tarana Burke

Unbound

Tarana Burke
My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
4.5 (145 ratings)
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What's Unbound about?

Unbound (2021) is a powerful memoir by Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement. Survivors of sexual abuse stay silent because of shame and victim-blaming around the abuse. The Me Too movement has created a remarkable community of survivors who support each other in challenging stigma and holding perpetrators to account. 

Who should read Unbound?

  • Followers of #MeToo who want to find out where it all began 
  • Survivors of sexual assault looking for an inspiring story about how to heal in spite of obstacles
  • Activists who want to learn more about Burke’s unique approach to fighting for social justice

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine

The Female Brain

Louann Brizendine
4.5 (350 ratings)
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What's The Female Brain about?

The Female Brain (2006) is a classic of popular neuroscience which argues that hormone-driven neural development shapes many of women’s drives and behaviors. Just a few hormones chart a course through the cycle of changes that mark life with a female brain.

Who should read The Female Brain?

  • Anyone with a female brain wondering how it all works
  • Biology buffs curious about the intersections of nature and behavior
  • Those who interact with female brains looking for insight

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis

Women, Race & Class

Angela Y. Davis
4.5 (145 ratings)
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What's Women, Race & Class about?

Women, Race and Class (1981) is a collection of essays that expose how racism, sexism, and classism intertwined in the struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States. With special emphasis on the historical missteps of the mainstream feminist movement, it charts a path for an anti-racist and anti-classist feminism. 

Who should read Women, Race & Class?

  • Feminists looking to understand intersectionality more deeply
  • History buffs
  • Anyone invested in the ongoing struggle for justice

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Financial Feminist by Tori Dunlap

Financial Feminist

Tori Dunlap
Overcome the Patriarchy's Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love
4.1 (324 ratings)
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What's Financial Feminist about?

Financial Feminism (2022) debunks the money myths and exposes the systemic oppression that keeps many stuck in toxic jobs or cycles of debt. Offering practical solutions that everyone can start today to close the wage gap, ramp up financial fitness, and build the life of their dreams.

Who should read Financial Feminist?

  • Anyone feeling stuck living paycheck to paycheck
  • Those who want to retire someday
  • Anyone frustrated by the sexist wealth gap looking to build a more equal future

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine

The Male Brain

Louann Brizendine
A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think
4.5 (394 ratings)
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What's The Male Brain about?

The Male Brain (2010) is a neuroscientist’s account of the interplay between hormones and brain development that shapes the formation and growth of male brains and behavior. Based on decades of research, it argues that the roots of many masculine stereotypes can be seen in neurobiology, and that hormones shape the male brain and outlook for a lifetime.

Who should read The Male Brain?

  • Anyone with a male brain wondering about how it works
  • Minds curious about biology’s effect on culture
  • Those who interact with male brains looking for insights

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

Bonnie Garmus
A Novel
4.2 (258 ratings)
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What's Lessons in Chemistry about?

Lessons in Chemistry (2022) is the story of Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant scientist who has the misfortune of being a woman in 1950s America. After a frustrating failed academic career, Zott finds success in an unlikely place: as the host of a television cooking show.

Who should read Lessons in Chemistry?

  • Foodies interested in the science behind cooking
  • Feminists looking for a window into the history of women in STEM
  • Anyone who appreciates stories that are sharp and warm-hearted

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë
4.7 (43 ratings)
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What's Jane Eyre about?

Jane Eyre (1874) is an intense, intimate portrait of a young woman’s search to find her place in Victorian society without compromising her passionate ideals. It follows her as she navigates life’s obstacles – and her developing love for the mysterious Edward Rochester.

Who should read Jane Eyre?

  • Hopeless romantics who crave plot twists and turns
  • History lovers keen to get a window into life as a nineteenth-century governess
  • Fans of period dramas like Outlander and Bridgerton

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi

The Rational Male

Rollo Tomassi
3.2 (159 ratings)
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What's The Rational Male about?

The Rational Male (2013) implores men to adopt a pragmatic view of intersexual relationships founded on evolutionary and behavioral concepts. Waking up to the evidence, it argues, will set men on a course to prioritizing their needs over the survival instincts of women who currently (covertly) rule the roost.

Who should read The Rational Male?

  • Members of the Manospehere and Red Pill movement
  • Anyone trying to understand the key concepts of the Manosphere 
  • People looking to understand today’s gender conflicts

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Good for a Girl by Lauren Fleshman

Good for a Girl

Lauren Fleshman
A Woman Running in a Man's World
4.8 (19 ratings)
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What's Good for a Girl about?

Good for a Girl (2023) chronicles the career of pro runner Lauren Fleshman, and the issues with the sports system she encountered along the way. It’s both a memoir detailing her life and a manifesto crying for change.

Who should read Good for a Girl?

  • Aspiring female athletes and coaches
  • Advocates of sports industry change
  • Fans of Lauren Fleshman

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott

Little Women

Louisa M. Alcott
4.7 (65 ratings)
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What's Little Women about?

Little Women (1868-1869) tells the story of the four March sisters, and the struggles and day-to-day obstacles they faced while becoming young adults. While the story takes place in the American Northeast, it’s a universal coming-of-age story that has been appreciated around the world.

Who should read Little Women?

  • Fans of stories told from a female perspective
  • Lovers of classic literature
  • Anyone who likes a good young adult story

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Gender & Sexuality Books: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

In Order to Live

Yeonmi Park
A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
4.6 (38 ratings)
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What's In Order to Live about?

In Order to Live (2015) follows the survival story of Yeonmi Park, a North Korean woman who escaped from her home country. In this inspiring memoir, Yeonmi goes through her horrific journey from North Korea to China and finally to South Korea.

Who should read In Order to Live?

  • Human rights activists
  • Those curious about North Korea
  • Anyone looking for an uplifting story

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Real Self-Care by Pooja Lakshmin

Real Self-Care

Pooja Lakshmin
A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included)
4.2 (333 ratings)
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What's Real Self-Care about?

Real Self-Care (2023) exposes the dark side of the global self-care industry by connecting the systemic inequality faced by marginalized groups like women and people of color, and the stress, burnout and chronic illness faced by so many. It offers a science-based alternative and cognitive strategies for living with ease and purpose. 

Who should read Real Self-Care?

  • Frustrated self-carers who feel they’re somehow doing it wrong
  • Tired life-optimizers who wonder why they still feel behind
  • Those looking for kinder, gentler transformation from the inside-out

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë
4.7 (48 ratings)
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What's Wuthering Heights about?

Wuthering Heights (1847) is a masterpiece of English literature. Set in Yorkshire, it tells the story of two families and their intense, often tumultuous relationships – in particular, the stormy romance between Heathcliff and Catherine.

Who should read Wuthering Heights?

  • Fans of family sagas
  • People drawn to unconventional love stories and antiheroes
  • Anyone interested in classic novels of the nineteenth century

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Evolution of Desire by David M. Buss

The Evolution of Desire

David M. Buss
Strategies of Human Mating
3.6 (67 ratings)
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What's The Evolution of Desire about?

The Evolution of Desire (1994) drew on the largest study of human mating at the time to analyze the evolutionary foundations that lie behind our everyday desires and mating preferences. It was updated with new material in 2016.

Who should read The Evolution of Desire?

  • Psychology nerds
  • Individuals looking to attract a mate
  • Anyone curious about how our deepest desires work

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey

Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
A Novel
4.3 (23 ratings)
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What's Mad Honey about?

Mad Honey (2022) tells the story of two women who have fled abusive pasts to make a new life in the small town of Adams, New Hampshire. When one is found dead, and the other finds her son accused of the murder, the tense courtroom drama that unfolds shines light on the true cost of secrets kept for love.

Who should read Mad Honey?

  • Fiction lovers craving a well-told tale about timely issues
  • Courtroom drama fans looking for a story with suspenseful, emotional twists 
  • Anyone curious about a narrative of complex characters facing challenging times

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Ethical Slut by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton

The Ethical Slut

Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
4.0 (107 ratings)
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What's The Ethical Slut about?

The Ethical Slut (1997) has long been the trusted handbook for anyone exploring sex, romance, and intimacy outside the constraints of monogamy. An updated 2017 edition combines time-tested strategies for navigating polyamory with advice on how to embrace an even greater diversity of orientations and relationship configurations.

Who should read The Ethical Slut?

  • Pleasure-seekers who’d like to explore a greater variety of sexual partners
  • Seasoned polyamorists who want to make multiple partnerships really work
  • Anyone who lives – or would like to live – outside the strictures of conventional monogamy

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Unscripted by James B Stewart and Rachel Abrams

Unscripted

James B Stewart and Rachel Abrams
The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy
3.7 (28 ratings)
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What's Unscripted about?

Unscripted (2023) is the outrageous true story of Sumner Redstone, the former chairman and controlling shareholder of ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global). It focuses on the eventful final years of Redstone’s life, as well as the downfall of his successor at CBS, Les Moonves.

Who should read Unscripted?

  • Fans of TV dramas like Succession
  • People who enjoy juicy nonfiction and true crime
  • Anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes glimpse of corporate America

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Gender & Sexuality Books: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
4.8 (28 ratings)
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What's A Little Life about?

A Little Life (2015) follows the lives of four friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, moody painter JB, quiet architect Malcolm, and the brilliant, mysterious litigator Jude. Over the years, the four friends grow together, drift apart, find love and success, and struggle with loss and addiction. As enigmatic Jude gradually moves into the center of the narrative, the full extent of his unbearable burden begins to reveal itself. 

Who should read A Little Life?

  • People who enjoy character-driven literature
  • Fans of stories about complex relationships 
  • Anyone in need of a good cry

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Antigone by Sophocles

Antigone

Sophocles
4.8 (35 ratings)
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What's Antigone about?

Antigone (c. 441 BC) is a tragedy by Sophocles, one of ancient Greece’s greatest playwrights. After a civil war, two brothers – the leaders of rival factions – are dead. One is remembered as a patriotic hero; the other, as a treacherous usurper. The king of Thebes, Creon, has forbidden anyone to bury the traitor – an order the man’s sister, Antigone, can’t square with her conscience. The stage is set for a conflict pitting the individual against the state, justice against law, idealism against realism, and a defiant woman against a male-dominated world.

Who should read Antigone?

  • Theater enthusiasts interested in the history of drama
  • Fans of classical literature and mythology
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of morality, family, and power

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Myth America by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

Myth America

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies about Our Past
2.9 (119 ratings)
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What's Myth America about?

Myth America (2022) is a collection of essays that examine and dismantle some of the most pervasive myths about America: how it was founded, who’s allowed to be here, and how we define a ‘real’ American or American family.

Who should read Myth America?

  • History buffs
  • Students of American politics
  • Activists and social justice warriors

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Gender & Sexuality Books: A Radical Awakening by Shefali Tsabary

A Radical Awakening

Shefali Tsabary
Turn Pain into Power, Embrace Your Truth, Live Free
4.2 (57 ratings)
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What's A Radical Awakening about?

A Radical Awakening (2021) shows you how to heal by connecting to your authentic self – the person you were meant to be before society’s lies and conditioning morphed you into something else. It speaks from a woman’s point of view, but it doesn’t exclude men. Instead, it seeks to lift everyone from the pain of their past and into a higher consciousness.

Who should read A Radical Awakening?

  • Anyone who wants to heal from their past 
  • Women who’d like to discover their inner power
  • People who feel subjugated by society

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison
3.8 (141 ratings)
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What's The Bluest Eye about?

The Bluest Eye (1970) is the debut novel of author Toni Morrison. It tells the story of Pecola Breedlove and her parents, and reflects upon the familial and societal circumstances that would lead a Black girl to wish she had blue eyes.

Who should read The Bluest Eye?

  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of race and identity
  • Fans of landmark works of modern literature
  • Those seeking insight into African-American history and experience

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood
4.6 (81 ratings)
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What's The Handmaid's Tale about?

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) is a contemporary classic – the story of a patriarchal dystopia that inspired the hit television series of the same name and remains as relevant today as it did when it was first published.

Who should read The Handmaid's Tale?

  • Literature lovers who want to brush up on a modern classic
  • Feminists seeking an introduction to this iconic critique of the patriarchy
  • Speculative fiction fans who want to learn more about a notable literary dystopia

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Pageboy by Elliot Page

Pageboy

Elliot Page
A Memoir
3.2 (35 ratings)
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What's Pageboy about?

Pageboy (2023) plunges you into the candid and compelling world of Elliot Page's life. Navigate through stories of self-discovery, transformation, and fortitude that shaped his remarkable journey.

Who should read Pageboy?

  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Allies, advocates, and identity explorers
  • Fims buffs and cinemagoers

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath
4.2 (163 ratings)
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What's The Bell Jar about?

The Bell Jar (1963) follows the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented young woman who secures a coveted internship at a New York fashion magazine during the summer of 1953. But Esther feels trapped by the gender roles and societal expectations of the time, and soon spirals into a deep depression from which there seems to be no escape.

Who should read The Bell Jar?

  • Students of English literature
  • People interested in the exploration of mental health and social norms
  • Anyone who considers themselves a feminist

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Gender Trouble

Judith Butler
Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
3.0 (34 ratings)
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What's Gender Trouble about?

Gender Trouble (1990) is a touchstone work of theory in gender studies. Notably, it introduces the concept of gender performativity, which has had a profound impact on feminist and LGBTQ+ scholarship and activism, and shaped contemporary ideas around gender. 

Who should read Gender Trouble?

  • Students of gender theory 
  • Feminists and LGBTQ+ activists 
  • Those keen to inform themselves about gender fluidity and performativity

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
3.8 (10 ratings)
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What's Sense and Sensibility about?

Sense and Sensibility (1811) explores the divergent paths of two sisters as they navigate through society’s challenges, drawn by differing temperaments of sound logic and emotional sensitivity.

Who should read Sense and Sensibility?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Students studying societal norms
  • Lovers of strong female characters

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Gender & Sexuality Books: All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

George M. Johnson
A Memoir-Manifesto
2.8 (124 ratings)
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What's All Boys Aren't Blue about?

All Boys Aren’t Blue (2020) is a memoir and a manifesto aimed at young people. The author shares their experiences of growing up Black and queer in the US, reflecting on family, identity, and sexuality.

Who should read All Boys Aren't Blue?

  • People who enjoy memoirs
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Anyone interested in race and identity

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker

Quit Like a Woman

Holly Whitaker
The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
4.0 (30 ratings)
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What's Quit Like a Woman about?

Quit Like a Woman (2019) encourages women to reconsider their relationship with alcohol, uncovering the misogynist underpinnings of how alcohol is packaged and marketed to women and proposing a new, feminist road map to sobriety. Through personal anecdotes, insights, and research, the narrative provides a road map for individuals seeking a path to sobriety that aligns more closely with their own experiences and identities.

Who should read Quit Like a Woman?

  • Women who feel increasingly dependent on alcohol to wind down and relax 
  • Newly sober women eager for guidance on this exciting journey
  • Women in recovery who are tired of patriarchal programme-speak

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Pornland by Gail Dines

Pornland

Gail Dines
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
3.5 (230 ratings)
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What's Pornland about?

Pornland (2010) invites you to dive deep into the world of modern pornography and its implications. Discover how the industry's evolution has led to the commodification of women, reshaping societal norms and expectations. Embark on a thought-provoking journey that challenges perceptions of intimacy in our digital age.

Who should read Pornland?

  • Students of gender studies
  • Those worried about the media's portrayal of sexuality
  • Advocates for healthier intimacy standards

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run with the Wolves

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
4.2 (53 ratings)
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What's Women Who Run with the Wolves about?

Women Who Run with the Wolves (1989) is a profoundly influential work of Jungian psychology that has shown countless women how to connect with the wise, abiding, and untameable presence of the Wild Woman archetype in their own psyches.

Who should read Women Who Run with the Wolves?

  • Women who want to awaken their innate connection to wildness and instinct
  • Women who crave deeper experiences and relationships 
  • Women who yearn to rekindle their intuition

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson
4.3 (3 ratings)
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What's The Argonauts about?

The Argonauts (2015) invites you on a transformative journey through language, identity, and love. You’ll delve deep into a personal yet universal exploration of queer family-making, motherhood, and relationships. Part memoir and part theory, this powerful narrative challenges you to consider the fluidity of life and embrace the power of transformation.

Who should read The Argonauts?

  • LGBTQ+ individuals exploring identity and relationships
  • Feminists interested in examining gender roles and motherhood
  • Curious minds looking to ponder language, love, and transformation

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory by Dedeker Winston

The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory

Dedeker Winston
Everything You Need to Know About Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, and Alternative Love
3.8 (21 ratings)
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What's The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory about?

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Polyamory (2017) offers practical relationship advice for women seeking to break free from jealousy, possessiveness, and competition through discovering polyamory. Incorporating real-world experiences and practical exercises, it covers exploring your relationship style, conquering jealousy, and “coming out” as polyamorous – helping you craft unique connections tailored to your needs.

Who should read The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory?

  • People interested in exploring non-monogamy and alternative relationships
  • Those curious about opening up a current monogamous relationship
  • Anyone looking to gain confidence in communication skills

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married by Ben Stuart

Single, Dating, Engaged, Married

Ben Stuart
Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age
2.6 (23 ratings)
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What's Single, Dating, Engaged, Married about?

Single, Dating, Engaged, Married (2017) is filled with practical guidance for today’s Christian on four seasons of romantic relationship. This thoughtful collection of stories and scriptural wisdom offers ways to transform relationships, from navigating modern dating to honoring divine design within marriage.

Who should read Single, Dating, Engaged, Married?

  • Single Christians wondering if being alone is really part of God’s plan
  • Dating Christians who want to know if their current partner is “the one”
  • Engaged Christians about to embark on the adventure of marriage

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Gender & Sexuality Books: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
4.2 (10 ratings)
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What's The Scarlet Letter about?

The Scarlet Letter (1850) delves into the repercussions of sin, societal judgment, and the pathway to personal redemption, journeying through the life of Hester Prynne, an adulteress in a Puritan society.

Who should read The Scarlet Letter?

  • Fans of historical fiction
  • Readers interested in morality tales
  • Feminist literature enthusiasts

What's Feminism Is for Everybody about?

Feminism Is for Everybody by bell hooks is a powerful book that aims to demystify the concept of feminism and make it accessible to all. It provides a clear and concise overview of feminist theory and highlights the ways in which feminism benefits everyone, regardless of gender. Through personal anecdotes and insightful analysis, hooks challenges misconceptions and invites readers to join the fight for gender equality.

Who should read Feminism Is for Everybody?

  • Individuals who want to understand the core concepts of feminism
  • People looking to challenge and deconstruct societal gender norms and stereotypes
  • Readers seeking insightful and thought-provoking discussions on intersectionality and inclusivity within feminism

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

Reviving Ophelia

Mary Pipher
Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

What's Reviving Ophelia about?

Reviving Ophelia explores the challenges faced by adolescent girls in today's society and offers insights and advice for parents, educators, and mental health professionals on how to support and empower them. Drawing on real-life stories and research, Mary Pipher sheds light on the pressures and expectations that can negatively impact girls' self-esteem and well-being, and provides strategies for helping them navigate these difficult years. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and advocating for the well-being of young women.

Who should read Reviving Ophelia?

  • Parents of teenage girls
  • Teachers and educators working with teenage girls
  • Psychologists and therapists specializing in adolescent development

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Black Feminist Thought

Patricia Hill Collins

What's Black Feminist Thought about?

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins is a groundbreaking book that explores the intersection of race, gender, and class in the lives of African American women. Collins examines the ways in which Black women have been marginalized in society and offers a powerful analysis of how they have resisted and challenged the dominant power structures. Drawing on a range of disciplines including sociology, history, and critical theory, this book unpacks the complexities of Black feminist thought and its significance in the fight for social justice.

Who should read Black Feminist Thought?

  • Readers who are interested in exploring intersectional feminism
  • Those seeking to understand the unique experiences and perspectives of Black women
  • Individuals who want to challenge their own assumptions and broaden their understanding of societal power dynamics

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici

Caliban and the Witch

Silvia Federici

What's Caliban and the Witch about?

Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici is a thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of capitalism, patriarchy, and the witch hunts in Europe. Through detailed historical analysis, the book challenges traditional narratives and uncovers the links between the persecution of women as witches and the rise of capitalism. It offers a compelling argument for the importance of understanding this history in order to challenge and transform our current social and economic systems.

Who should read Caliban and the Witch?

  • Readers interested in the history of witch hunts and the persecution of women
  • Those curious about the intersection of capitalism and patriarchy
  • Feminist scholars and activists seeking a critical analysis of gender and labor under capitalism

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Female Masculinity by J. Jack Halberstam

Female Masculinity

J. Jack Halberstam

What's Female Masculinity about?

Female Masculinity by J. Jack Halberstam explores the concept of masculinity as it pertains to female-bodied individuals. Through a combination of personal anecdotes, cultural analysis, and historical research, the book challenges traditional notions of gender and offers a thought-provoking examination of how masculinity can be expressed and embodied by people of all genders.

Who should read Female Masculinity?

  • Individuals who are interested in exploring and understanding non-conventional gender identities
  • Readers who want to challenge traditional notions of masculinity and femininity
  • People who are curious about the intersections of gender, sexuality, and identity

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Feminist Theory by Bell Hooks

Feminist Theory

Bell Hooks

What's Feminist Theory about?

Feminist Theory by bell hooks explores the intersection of race, class, and gender in the feminist movement. It challenges traditional feminist perspectives and offers a more inclusive and intersectional approach to understanding and addressing the oppression of women. Through insightful analysis and personal anecdotes, hooks invites readers to rethink their own beliefs and join the ongoing conversation about gender equality.

Who should read Feminist Theory?

  • Readers interested in understanding and challenging gender inequality
  • Individuals seeking to broaden their knowledge of feminist perspectives
  • Activists and advocates looking to empower themselves and others

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Fervent

Priscilla Shirer

What's Fervent about?

Fervent is a powerful and inspiring book by Priscilla Shirer that challenges readers to take their prayer lives to the next level. With personal anecdotes and biblical wisdom, Shirer discusses the importance of strategic prayer and provides practical tips on how to fight spiritual battles through fervent and targeted prayers. This book will encourage and empower you to become more intentional in your prayer life.

Who should read Fervent?

  • Christians seeking to deepen their prayer life and spiritual warfare strategies
  • Individuals looking to overcome challenges and obstacles through the power of prayer
  • Readers who want to be equipped with practical and effective prayer tactics

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Gender Outlaw by S. Bear Bergman, Kate Bornstein

Gender Outlaw

S. Bear Bergman, Kate Bornstein

What's Gender Outlaw about?

Gender Outlaw by S. Bear Bergman and Kate Bornstein challenges traditional notions of gender and identity. Through personal stories and insightful analysis, the book explores the complexities of living outside the binary gender system and advocates for greater acceptance and understanding of gender diversity.

Who should read Gender Outlaw?

  • Individuals who are interested in exploring and understanding gender identity
  • People who want to challenge and expand their perspectives on gender
  • Those who are seeking personal stories and experiences related to gender nonconformity and transgender issues

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent

Self-Made Man

Norah Vincent

What's Self-Made Man about?

Self-Made Man by Norah Vincent is a thought-provoking exploration of gender identity and societal expectations. Through her own experiences living as a man for 18 months, Vincent delves into the complexities of masculinity and the ways in which it shapes our lives. This eye-opening book challenges traditional notions of gender and offers a unique perspective on what it means to be a man in today's world.

Who should read Self-Made Man?

  • Those interested in exploring gender identity and societal expectations
  • Readers who enjoy personal narratives and investigative journalism
  • Individuals looking to challenge their perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of masculinity

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Trans Liberation by Leslie Feinberg

Trans Liberation

Leslie Feinberg

What's Trans Liberation about?

Trans Liberation delves into the history, challenges, and triumphs of the transgender community. Through personal narratives and insightful analysis, Leslie Feinberg highlights the importance of understanding and supporting the fight for transgender rights. This book is a powerful call to action for a more inclusive and accepting society.

Who should read Trans Liberation?

  • Individuals seeking to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary people
  • Activists and allies looking to educate themselves on transgender rights and advocacy
  • People interested in learning about the intersection of gender, race, and class

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Transgender History by Susan Stryker

Transgender History

Susan Stryker

What's Transgender History about?

Transgender History by Susan Stryker provides a comprehensive overview of the transgender experience, from ancient times to modern day. It delves into the social, political, and medical factors that have shaped the understanding and treatment of gender identity. Through in-depth research and personal accounts, Stryker sheds light on the challenges and triumphs of the transgender community.

Who should read Transgender History?

  • Anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of the history of transgender individuals
  • Individuals who want to educate themselves about gender diversity and inclusion
  • Activists and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and equality

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Gender & Sexuality Books: Undoing Gender by Judith Butler

Undoing Gender

Judith Butler

What's Undoing Gender about?

Undoing Gender by Judith Butler challenges traditional notions of gender and identity. Through thought-provoking analysis, Butler explores how societal expectations and norms shape our understanding of gender, and offers a compelling argument for the deconstruction of these constructs. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the complexities of gender and its impact on our lives.

Who should read Undoing Gender?

  • Individuals interested in exploring the complexities and fluidity of gender
  • Anyone seeking to challenge and deconstruct traditional gender norms
  • Activists and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and gender equality

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  • Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
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  • Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter
  • The Professor in the Cage by Jonathan Gottschall
  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Asking for It by Kate Harding
  • Fast Forward by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli
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  • Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
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