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Excluded: making feminist and queer movements more inclusive

By: Serano, Julia.
Publisher: California Seal Press 2013Description: 327 p.ISBN: 9781580055048.Subject(s): Social science - Discrimination and race relations | Social science - Minority studies | Feminism | Social isolationDDC classification: 305.42 Summary: While many feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexuality—sometimes just as fiercely as the straight, male-centric mainstream does. Some feminists vocally condemn other feminists because of how they dress, for their sexual partners or practices, or because they are seen as different and therefore less valued. 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 communities—and worse, they enable people to vigorously protect 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 inclusively rather than exclusivity. (http://sealpress.com/books/excluded/)
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Table of Contents:

1. A word about words

Part I: On the outside looking in

2. On the outside looking in
3. On being a woman
4. Margins
5. Trans feminism : there's no conundrum about it
6. Reclaiming femininity
7. Three strikes and I'm out
8. Dating
9. Bisexuality and binaries revisited
10. How to be an ally to trans women
11. Performance piece

Part II: New Ways of Speaking

12. Perversion of "the personal is political"
13. Homogenizing versus holistic views of gender and sexuality
14. How double standards work
15. Myriad double standards
16. Fixed versus holistic perspectives
17. Expecting heterogeneity
18. Challenging gender entitlement
19. Self-examining desire and embracing ambivalence
20. Recognizing invalidations
21. Balancing acts.

While many feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexuality—sometimes just as fiercely as the straight, male-centric mainstream does. Some feminists vocally condemn other feminists because of how they dress, for their sexual partners or practices, or because they are seen as different and therefore less valued. 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 communities—and worse, they enable people to vigorously protect 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 inclusively rather than exclusivity.

(http://sealpress.com/books/excluded/)

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