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Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Transgender Nonfiction

This provocative and searing take on the current feminist movement explores the intersections of gender and desire—from “one of the most exciting critics working today” (New York Magazine)


Everyone is female, and everyone hates it.

Females is Andrea Long Chu’s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire.

Drawing inspiration from a forgotten play by Valerie Solanas—the woman who wrote the SCUM Manifesto and shot Andy Warhol—Chu aims her searing wit and surgical intuition at targets ranging from performance art to psychoanalysis, incels to porn. She even has a few barbs reserved for feminists like herself. Each step of the way, she defends the indefensible claim that femaleness is less a biological state and more a fatal existential condition that afflicts the entire human race—men, women, and everyone else. Or maybe she’s just projecting.

A thrilling new voice who has been credited with launching the “second wave” of trans studies, Chu shows readers how to write for your life, baring her innermost self with a morbid sense of humor and a mordant kind of hope.

Andrea Long Chu is an essayist and critic. Her writing has appeared in n+1, the Boston Review, Bookforum, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and their cat.

ISBN: 9781788737371

ISBN-10: 9781788737371

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 10/29/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/29/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 112

Language: English

Categories

Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory

Social Science / Gender Studies

Social Science / Human Sexuality