Reading List

Feminism: A Verso Bookshelf


With transphobic hate crime rising and mainstream feminism mobilized to support a capitalist, racist agenda, it is now more important than ever to build a feminism that recognizes how different forms of oppression are bound together. From the grassroots history of the first wave, to human rights violations within women's prisons, demands for sex worker’s rights, and calls for transformative collective power, our feminist bookshelf includes all of your essential radical feminist reading.

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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.