It takes a lot of money to learn how to disregard — or condemn as “oppression” — ordinary common sense about human nature.
When my wife and I went to the accountant to have our taxes done, one of my business expenses was the approximately $700 I’d spent buying feminist books from Amazon.com during 2014. This was necessary for my research into radical feminist gender theory in the book Sex Trouble.
The research continues because, as I say in the introduction to the first edition, Sex Trouble is “a work in progress,” and my current plan is to publish a revised and expanded second edition in August.
Here are the 10 most recent books I’ve purchased in the past two months:
- Modern Feminist Theory by Jennifer Rich (2014)
- The Lesbian Heresy: A Feminist Perspective on the Lesbian Sexual Revolution by Sheila Jeffreys (1993)
- Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution by Adrienne Rich (1986)
- On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978 by Adrienne Rich (1979)
- Daring To Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975 by Alice Echols, 1989
- Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left by Sara Evans, 1979
- The Lesbian Issue: Essays from Signs, edited by Estelle B. Freedman, et al. (1985)
- Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985 by Adrienne Rich (1986)
- Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement edited by Nancy Myron and Charlotte Bunch (1975)
- Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, edited by Miranda Kiraly and Meagan Tyler (2015)
Each of these titles was purchased for a reason. For example, Estelle Freedman is a Stanford University professor who is hugely influential in academia, being for example the editor of The Essential Feminist Reader (2007), an assigned textbook in many introductory Women’s Studies courses.
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