I recently appeared on an episode of Air-It, a podcast by Nicolene Burger and Jana Vosloo, to talk about Gender Abolition. Here are some texts that we spoke about, as well as a several others that you might find interesting. As you’ll see, it’s quite extensive and wide-ranging — sometimes even contradictory — and so is not meant as a “primer” but more as a list of sources that I find interesting around the topic. I have also not even read all of them myself.
Feel free to contact me with queries, especially if any of the mentioned sources are paywalled for you — I’m sure we can figure something out.
Alyson Escalante. 2016. Gender Nihilism: An Anti-Manifesto
Anonymous. 1883. Manifesto of Nihilist Women
. Translated by Michael Shreve. https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-manifesto-of-nihilist-women
Appiah, A. 2018. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, Creed, Country, Color, Class, Culture. First edition ed. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation.
Barry, R. 2018. Doing Gender: Helen Hester On Xenofeminism
Bauer, D. 2019. Alienation, Freedom and the Synthetic How. Angelaki
. 24.1:106–117. 10.1080/0969725X.2019.1568738
Brown, W. 1993. Wounded Attachments. Political Theory
. 21.3:390–410. https://www.jstor.org/stable/191795
Butler, J. 1993. Imitation and Gender Insubordination. in The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader New York; London: Routledge. 307–320.
Butler, J. 2004. Undoing Gender. New York ; London: Routledge.
Butler, J. 2014. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Butler, J., Laclau, E. & Žižek, S. 2000. Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues On The Left. (Phronesis). London: Verso.
“Dangerous Foundations: an Argument Against the ‘Identity’ in Identity Politics”. n.d. Imminent Rebellion
. .9. https://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/dangerous-foundations-an-argument-against-the-identity-in-identity-politics/
Dragonowl, L. 2016. Against Identity Politics. Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed
. 76:29–51. https://anarchymag.org/2016/06/against-identity-politics/
Foucault, M., Gallagher, B. & Wilson, A. 1997. Sex, Power, and the Politics of Identity. in Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth Vol. 1. (The Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984). New York: New Press. 163–173.
“Fuck Your Gender Neutral Prison! A Nihilist Insurrection Against Gender (Call for Submissions)”. 2015. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YeYm5TuNQ5WWhHquZu7iBAr4P87teHqlzRRzkYFf78s
Goh, A. 2019. Appropriating the Alien: A Critique of Xenofeminism
. Mute Publishing Limited. https://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/appropriating-alien-critique-xenofeminism
Haraway, D.J. 2016. Manifestly Haraway. (Posthumanities no. 37). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Haslanger, S. 2004. Future Genders? Future Races? Philosophic Exchange
. 34.1. https://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol34/iss1/1
Hester, H. 2018. Xenofeminism. (Theory redux). Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA: Polity Press.
Heyes, C. 2020. Identity Politics. in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Fall 2020 ed. E.N. Zalta (ed.). Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University E.N. Zalta (ed.). https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2020/entries/identity-politics/
Jade, R. 2018. Black Gender Abolition? https://gutsmagazine.ca/black-gender-abolition/
Jarach, L. 2004. Preliminary Theses for a Longer Discussion on Essentialism and the Problem of Identity Politics. Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed
. 22.2.#58/Fall-Winter 2004-05:35–37. https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/lawrence-jarach-essentialism-and-the-problem-of-identity-politics
Jenkins, R. 2014. Social Identity. 4th ed. (Key Ideas). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Kay, J.B. 2019. Xenofeminism. Feminist Media Studies
. 19.2:306–308. 10.1080/14680777.2019.1579983
Luce Irigaray (1932?—) 4a. Mimesis
. n.d. https://iep.utm.edu/irigaray/#SH4a
Mbembe, A. 2017. Critique of Black Reason. Translated by Laurent Dubois. (A John Hope Franklin Center Book). Durham London: Duke University Press.
McGowan, T. 2020. Universality and Identity Politics. New York: Columbia University Press.
Nielsen, C.R. 2013. Frantz Fanon and the Négritude Movement: How Strategic Essentialism Subverts Manichean Binaries. Callaloo
. 36.2:342–352. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24264913
Noel Ignatiev. 1997. The point is not to interpret whiteness but to abolish it
Peter Heft. n.d. Genderhacking an Alien Future: On Helen Hester’s Xenofeminism
Prozorov, S. 2014. Ontology and World Politics: void universalism I. (Interventions). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
QoW02 Laboria Cuboniks
. 2017. Bratislava. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jkE4BAkFek
Radicalesbians. 2016. What Is Gender Nihilism? A Reader
. 1.2 ed. https://aaaaarg.fail/thing/5a35ac4d9ff37c680709f92c
Richter, S. 2018. Xenofeminism. Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory
. 28.3:283–286. 10.1080/0740770X.2018.1524623
Spivak, G.C. 2008. Other Asias. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
subRosa. 2005. Useless Gender: An immodest proposal for radical justice. in Yes Species: a performative tableau
. 49–59. https://www.refugia.net/yes/yes_06useless.pdf
Wilderson, F.B. 2020. Afropessimism. First edition ed. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton and Company.
Wittig, M. 1992. The Straight Mind and other essays. Boston: Beacon Press.
Wittig, M. 1993. One Is Not Born a Woman. in The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
1st ed. H. Abelove, M.A. Barale, & D.M. Halperin (eds.). New York: Routledge H. Abelove, M.A. Barale, & D.M. Halperin (eds.). 103–109. https://research.uvu.edu/albrecht-crane/2600/links_files/Wittig.pdf