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Female Erasure: What You Need to Know About Gender Politics' War on Women, the Female Sex and Human Rights

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This anthology brings together voices of more than forty writers celebrating female embodiment while exploring deeper issues of misogyny, violence and sexism in gender identity politics today, demonstrating the intentional silencing and erasure of living female realities.

These perspectives come at a time when gender politics and profits from an emerging medical transgende
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Paperback, 624 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Tidal Time Publishing
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Karen
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fair disclosure I am part of this project. I participated in the technical aspect of production and not with the content. (I do have a quote used that I had posted on Facebook.) I did also read most references listed in the footnotes. I learned a lot. It was not a fun project. It was quite depressing and emotionally challenging as I woke up to the depth and breadth of this topic. I understand if some are reticent to read it because it's difficult to look patriarchy in the eye. This book does tha ...more
Elsie
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are definitely some important topics in this book. Did I feel like some of it was angry TERF propoganda? Yeah. Did I develop a new understanding of TERFs? I did. The dialogue behind the anger is legit and this book helps articulate the voices of those who are shut down because they're shunned as transphobic. It also surfaces medical concerns that, in my experience, does not get enough dialogue regarding medically altering one's body. ...more
Rachel Reed
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
THANK YOU. A much needed book at a time when women's voices are being silenced. I appreciated the engaging mix of science, research, politics, personal experiences, history, spirituality, etc - the issues were covered in depth from every direction. My deep intuitive unease about the loss of 'woman' has been validated. The book is a bit US centric, but this shit is rapidly spreading worldwide. I now feel educated and prepared to fight it from my own corner of the world (Australia). ...more
Tina
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist, political
Wonderful anthology on the war against women and against radical feminism Must-read for every woman who challenges the patriarchy.
Cynthia
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, qr
I really tried, I really hoped that the book would have thoughtful dialogue on very complex topics. And I have to admit I haven't read the majority of this book, I really tried but everything I've read in this book, which was by the editor, just showed that wasn't the goal here. Every argument is distorted, generalized, cherry-picked.

Yes, there are problems in the ways we as a society and as individuals, whether trans or cis, approach the topic, but this book is not about that. This book is abo
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Angela Scott
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a woman read this.

Gripping stuff. Enlightening about a wide variety of cultural scenes in our societies. Gives a - deep enough in the detail - and wide historical overview, and insight into what is happening right now in our world to women and girls.

The anthology style works very well with chapters of different lengths, styles (academic, personal narrative, poetry, blogs, spirituality). Hearing these women's voices in their myriad richness and diversity has been a tonic for the soul
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Don Crites
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An insightful collection which provides compelling arguments to combat the insanity of transgenderism, especially among children. The ire of these female authors is understandable given the removal of safe spaces for women and children alike. It was a little like listening in on an uncensored conversation among women who are being told they should be seen but not heard. The simple fact that no one can actually experience a sex change is irrefutable, and gender nonconformity does not provide a ca ...more
HekArtemis Crowfoot
I have over 160 highlights in my kindle edition of this book. There are a lot of amazing quotable lines, and so many amazing statements, and of course a lot of information that really matters.

I don't really know what to say about it. This is an anthology, it contains essentially articles that are written by many different women. It covers a huge range of topics. This book is largely about transgenderism of course, but it also delves deeply into misogyny as a whole, because gender, aka sex based
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Jaclynn
ABSOULTELY A MUST READ!
I have been wanting to read this for a long time, and I think this should be required reading for any self-proclaimed humanist, feminist, pro-woman ally, all women's studies and humanities students and anyone who wants to stay up-to-date, especially in this political moment when groupthink rules the zeitgeist.
There are a wide-range of perspectives, approaches and experiences included, ranging from the informative to the heart-rending to the fortifying.
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Carolyn Kost
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an essential and comprehensive anthology for any Women's Studies course and would be an engaging read for discussion groups. The diversity of the voices is superb: varied ethnicities, sexual orientations, profession, attitudes toward trans normativity, areas of focus (spiritual, medical, political, athletic, social, etc.), neuroatypical, gender non-conforming, etc. Janice Raymond's ovular classic, The Transsexual Empire (1979, 1994), provided a comprehensive analysis but pre-dated conte ...more
Jax Gullible
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of new material, and very well substantiated. A must-read
Skylark
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I learned a lot about witchcraft, chi, "bodyknowing", tantric energies, "Mysteries", magic spells, pagan rituals, "embodying higher frequencies", and other stuff that isn't real unfortunately. I wish there wasn't so much of that in the book. ...more
Anna
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism, anthology
I read this very slowly because I wanted to sit with each essay to process it. And I'm still processing this. 4 stars because this gave me a lot to think over, but the amount of woo is too high for me, personally. It was a struggle to make it through some of the LONG essays on paganism, goddesses, spells, etc. The anthology is well-organized and I can't tell you how refreshing it is to read an anthology about feminism that doesn't bring in some random dudes to give their opinions on how women sh ...more
Hello Kitty
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
For those who are already familiar with the basics of radical feminism and criticisms of the gender identity movement, this anthology will mostly serve as a refresher from an ideological standpoint. Rachel Ivey’s chapter, in fact, is adapted from a video that was formative to my own introduction to the field a few years ago. I did enjoy several of the essays for the unique perspectives and deeper insight into particular issues they offered, especially Chapter 11, and the essays from Kathy Crocco ...more
Rikki
Dec 17, 2020 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: 2020
DNF about a third of the way through.

I'll likely return to this when I'm feeling more patient and less stringent about quality of writing, logic, and argumentation, but trying to get myself through this on and off this year has been a fucking chore. Based on the preface and the first few chapters alone, I would not recommend this book to someone who was new to radical feminism or gender critical theory; there's almost none of either in what I've read so far. Instead, there are a lot of historica
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Monica
Jul 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
I feel funny about even putting this book on my "to read" list, because I don't necessarily want to promote it. I'm definitely not a fan of Cathy Brennan or Lierre Keith, for instance. However, I've seen Luisah Teish criticized as a "TERF," or "trans-exclusionary radical feminist," and I'm wondering what she's had to say that she's been labeled as such. A quick google search led me to the fact that she contributed to this book. I do find it odd that there's an essay from Monica Sjoo in here, giv ...more
Laurin
Nov 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was a fascinating anthology addressing popular transgender ideology rooted in queer theory. What was interesting especially was to read the perspectives of many different women who object to the current idea the sex is only a construct (gender, they, say, is a construct, but not sex).

As a conservative Lutheran with a masters in theology, it was interesting to see their take on Christianity and the “patriarchy” which I found rather uninformed, but definitely rooted in popular misconcep
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Thoughtcrimes
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such an excellent read. An anthology comprised of women (and some men) of vastly different backgrounds: scientists, therapists, psychologists, athletes, journalists, authors, priestesses, bloggers, mothers, daughters, lesbians. Each essay covers a different topic; from medical or psychological overviews of transgender and female health issues, to personal accounts of reidentified women, narratives of lesbians pushed out of their own communities, analyses of oppressive gender structures, ...more
Ruth P
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an important anthology.

Many of the essays are really wonderful. Most are good. A few I didn’t enjoy, like the American College of Pediatricians attempting to pathologise homosexuality (don’t get the impression that this is a homophobic book: as far as I know, the editor and the majority of the contributors are lesbians, and the homophobia of genderism is one of the key themes). Another essay didn’t make the distinction between patriarchal folk etymologies and real etymology (like femini
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Jess
Jun 02, 2022 rated it liked it
I’ve had this book on my shelf since it was released 5 years ago. I met Ruth Barrett at a workshop in the late 90s. Feminist thought was very different then. Now that it’s 2022 and gender things are thought of so differently, I’m trying to educate myself on various viewpoints. I’m not sure how to rate this. It was well put together and contained a lot of interesting perspectives. Of course there is plenty that I don’t agree with- but I’m glad to have read it and found that out for myself.
Marlane Barnes
Dec 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read as much of this as I could - it is VERY long and can be a little repetitive, but there are some powerful essays in here and much to be talked about with nuance.
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Ruth Barrett is an award winning fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, and songwriter with numerous releases to her credit. She is also an author of Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creations (Llewllyn, 2007) and co-founder of the Temple of Diana, a national Dianic Wiccan tax-exempt religious organization.

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