|Just for personal interest and reading...
||[Aug. 15th, 2006|08:43 am]
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I've been struggling with the gender binary, not necessarily in myself, but as a societal construct and a limited cage where only two can exist. So I was hoping to do some reading, and wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
So, apart from:
who should I be reading?
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It depends on exactly what you're looking for.
In a similar vein, Riki Anne Wilchins has some good stuff.
None of those people are particularly heavy theory, so if that's what you're looking for, I would point you toward Judith Butler and Judith Halberstam.
Halberstam is definitely more approachable than Butler. Not only are Butler's ideas intense, but her writing is, um, indecipherable at times.
There is an anthology called GenderQueer - I can't remember much else about it, I haven't read it, but it looked good.
For a first-person narrative non-fiction piece written by a transgender butch, Butch is a Noun is about to be published. Written by S. Bear Bergman, it's a wonderful book and it's theoretically engaged without beating you over the head. Bergman is well-read and it shows, if you know what to look for. Check out hir website www.sbearbergman.com for a .pdf of the first chapter. I've read the whole book in an early draft form, I can't recommend it highly enough.
For short stories that straddle the border between fiction and non-fiction, and often deal with gender as a theme, Ivan E. Coyote's books are amazing. Ze has a novel coming out soon, and currently has three collections of short stories: Loose End, One Man's Trash, and Closer to Spiderman.
Thanks for the more in-depth info! I remember Butler, and could grasp some of her concepts (performativity) in my feminist thought class, but I know my prof didn't like her either (but more on a theoretical basis, rather than an indecipherable one, :P) so I will try Halberstam (who I have a feeling we read as well...). And Coyote I forgot about too--I will check stuff out from the library. Big thanks!!!