Resources: Identity Abolition

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.

(This list is also available as a BibLaTex file , a plain HTML file , and a Zotero group .)

Alyson Escalante. 2016. Gender Nihilism: An Anti-Manifesto. https://libcom.org/library/gender-nihilism-anti-manifesto [2021–02–02].
Anonymous. 1883. Manifesto of Nihilist Women. Translated by Michael Shreve. https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-manifesto-of-nihilist-women [2021–02–02].
Appiah, A. 2018. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, Creed, Country, Color, Class, Culture. First edition ed. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation.
baedan. 2014. Against the Gendered Nightmare. https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/baedan-against-the-gendered-nightmare [2021–02–02].
Barry, R. 2018. Doing Gender: Helen Hester On Xenofeminism. https://thequietus.com/articles/24298-xenofeminism-helen-hester-interview [2020–10–31].
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 [2020–10–14].
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. https://public.ebookcentral.proquest.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=180211 [2020–10–10].
Butler, J., Laclau, E. & Žižek, S. 2000. Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues On The Left. (Phronesis). London: Verso.
Cuboniks, L. 2015. https://laboriacuboniks.net/manifesto/xenofeminism-a-politics-for-alienation/ [2020–10–31].
“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/ [2020–10–14].
Dragonowl, L. 2016. Against Identity Politics. Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed. 76:29–51. https://anarchymag.org/2016/06/against-identity-politics/ [2020–10–14].
Fisher, M. n.d. Exiting the Vampire Castle. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/exiting-vampire-castle/ [2020–10–14].
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.
Gleeson, J.J. 2017. The Call for Gender Abolition: From Materialist Lesbianism to Gay Communism. https://blindfieldjournal.com/2017/07/31/the-call-for-gender-abolition-from-materialist-lesbianism-to-gay-communism/ [2020–10–10].
Goh, A. 2019. Appropriating the Alien: A Critique of Xenofeminism. Mute Publishing Limited. https://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/appropriating-alien-critique-xenofeminism [2020–10–31].
Gonzalez, M.A. 2011. Communization and the abolition of gender. https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/maya-andrea-gonzalez-communization-and-the-abolition-of-gender [2020–10–10].
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/ [2020–10–12].
Jade, R. 2018. Black Gender Abolition? https://gutsmagazine.ca/black-gender-abolition/ [2020–10–10].
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 [2020–10–14].
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 [2021–02–02].
Noel Ignatiev. 1997. The point is not to interpret whiteness but to abolish it. https://libcom.org/library/point-not-interpret-whiteness-abolish-it [2021–02–02].
Peter Heft. n.d. Genderhacking an Alien Future: On Helen Hester’s Xenofeminism. https://themantle.com/philosophy/genderhacking-alien-future-helen-hesters-xenofeminism [2020–10–31].
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 [2020–11–04].
Radicalesbians. 2016. What Is Gender Nihilism? A Reader. 1.2 ed. https://aaaaarg.fail/thing/5a35ac4d9ff37c680709f92c.
Reed, P. n.d. https://laboriacuboniks.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Reed_Synthesis_Homeworks_13.11.pdf.
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.
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