Best General Gender Studies Books

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1. The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire (20th Anniversary Edition)

Author: by David Deida
Published at: Sounds True; Reprint edition (February 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1622038329

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Though much has changed in society since the first publication of The Way of the Superior Man, men of all ages still “tussle with the challenges of women, work, and sexual desire.” Including an all-new preface by author David Deida, this 20th-anniversary edition of the classic guide to male spirituality offers the next generation the opportunity to cultivate trust in the moment and put forth the best versions of themselves in an ever-changing world.

In The Way of the Superior Man, Deida explores the most important issues in men’s livesfrom career and family to women and intimacy to love and spiritualityto offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom.

Join this bestselling author and internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise.

2. All About Love: New Visions

Author: by bell hooks

William Morrow Paperbacks

272 pages


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The acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks’ “Love Song to the Nation, All About Love is a revelation about what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.

The word love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb, writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness-not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity.

People are divided, she declares, by society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. As bell hooks uses her incisive mind to explore the question What is love? Her answers strike at both the mind and heart. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation.

3. The Soul of a Woman

Author: by Isabel Allende
Published at: Ballantine Books (March 2, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0593355626

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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes a bold exploration of womanhood, feminism, parenting, aging, love and more (Associated Press). The Soul of a Woman is Isabel Allende’s most liberating book yet.

ElleWhen I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating, begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without resources or voice. Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have.

As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the second wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, Allende for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote with a knife between our teeth about women’s issues.

She has seen what the movement has accomplished in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one’s sexuality.

4. Caste: A Brief History of Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ageism, Homophobia, Religious Intolerance, Xenophobia, and Reasons for Hope

Author: by University Press
Published at: Independently published (July 4, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8663517539

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University Press returns with another short and captivating book a brief history of caste, bias, and discrimination. We have inherited a world full of humans who have been healed and hurt by other humans. There was a time, in an age before this one, when ignorance was forgivable.

But that time has passed. Now is not the time for the enlightened to sneer at the brutes. Sneering hurts people. And hurt people hurt people.No. Now is the time for healing. And healing begins with introspection and a recognition of our own caste, our own biases, and our own discrimination.

And introspection begins with a glimpse of the past. This short book peels back the veil and provides a brief glimpse into the history of seven virulent and persistent human biases a glimpse that you can read in about an hour.

5. Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights

Author: by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Published at: Harper (February 9, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0062857873

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Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrantsmost of them young menfrom Muslim-majority countries.

In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony. Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, offences against sexual self-determination rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German.

In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population. This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it.

It’s a real problem that Europeand the worldcannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women.

6. Mujeres del alma mía: Sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Isabel Allende
Published at: Vintage Espanol (March 2, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0593313749

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CADA ANO VIVIDO Y CADA ARRUGA CUENTAN MI HISTORIA. Isabel Allende bucea en su memoria y nos ofrece un emocionante libro sobre su relacin con el feminismo y el hecho de ser mujer, al tiempo que reivindica que la vida adulta hay que vivirla, sentirla y gozarla con plena intensidad.

En Mujeres del alma ma la gran autora chilena nos invita a acompaarla en este viaje personal y emocional donde repasa su vinculacin con el feminismo desde la infancia hasta hoy. Recuerda a algunas mujeres imprescindibles en su vida, como sus aoradas Panchita, Paula o la agente Carmen Balcells; a escritoras relevantes como Virginia Woolf o Margaret Atwood; a jvenes artistas que aglutinan la rebelda de su generacin o, entre otras muchas, a esas mujeres annimas que han sufrido la violencia y que llenas de dignidad y coraje se levantan y avanzan…

Ellas son las que tanto le inspiran y tanto le han acompaado a lo largo de su vida: sus mujeres del alma. Finalmente, re- flexiona tambin sobre el movimiento #MeToo que apoya y celebra, sobre las recientes revueltas sociales en su pas de origen y, cmo no, sobre la nueva situacin que globalmente estamos viviendo con la pandemia.

7. The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity

Author: by Douglas Murray
Published at: Bloomsbury Continuum (September 17, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1635579987

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER”An excellent take on the lunacy affecting much of the world today. Douglas is one of the bright lights that could lead us out of the darkness.” Joe Rogan”Douglas Murray fights the good fight for freedom of speech …

A truthful look at today’s most divisive issues” Jordan B. PetersonAre we living through the great derangement of our times? In The Madness of Crowds Douglas Murray investigates the dangers of ‘woke’ culture and the rise of identity politics. In lively, razor-sharp prose he examines the most controversial issues of our moment: sexuality, gender, technology and race, with interludes on the Marxist foundations of ‘wokeness’, the impact of tech and how, in an increasingly online culture, we must relearn the ability to forgive.

One of the few writers who dares to counter the prevailing view and question the dramatic changes in our society from gender reassignment for children to the impact of transgender rights on women Murray’s penetrating book clears a path of sanity through the fog of our modern predicament.

8. The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society

Author: by Debra Soh
Published at: Threshold Editions (August 4, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1982132514

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International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this research-based, scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity. Is our gender something we’re born with, or are we conditioned by society? In The End of Gender, neuroscientist and sexologist Dr. Debra Soh uses a research-based approach to address this hot-button topic, unmasking popular misconceptions about the nature vs.

Nurture debate and exploring what it means to be a woman or a man in today’s society. Both scientific and objective, and drawing on original research and carefully conducted interviews, Soh tackles a wide range of issues, such as gender-neutral parenting, gender dysphoric children, and and the neuroscience of being transgender.

She debates today’s accepted notion that gender is a social construct and a spectrum, and challenges the idea that there is no difference between how male and female brains operate. The End of Gender is a conversation-starting work that will challenge what you thought you knew about gender, identity, and everything in between.

9. We Should All Be Feminists

Author: by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published at: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1101911761

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The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah In this personal, eloquently-argued essayadapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same nameChimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman nowand an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Nuanced and rousing.Vogue

10. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Author: by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Published at: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 22, 1995)
ISBN: 978-0345377449

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Book club pick for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf A deeply spiritual book [that] honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women. The Washington Post Book World Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.

She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to civilize us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Ests unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature.

Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Ests has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche.

11. In the Dream House: A Memoir

Author: by Carmen Maria Machado
Published at: Graywolf Press (December 1, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1644450383

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A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other PartiesIn the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative tropethe haunted house, erotica, the bildungsromanthrough which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles.

She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry.

12. American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption

Author: by Gabrielle Glaser
Published at: Viking (January 26, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0735224681

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Powerful Tells a singular story to illuminate a universal truth. The New York Times Book Review The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each otherDuring the Baby Boom in 1960s America, women were encouraged to stay home and raise large families, but sex and childbirth were taboo subjects.

Premarital sex was common, but birth control was hard to get and abortion was illegal. In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Her enraged family sent her to a maternity home, and after she gave birth, she wasn’t even allowed her to hold her own son.

Social workers threatened her with jail until she signed away her parental rights. Her son vanished, his whereabouts and new identity known only to an adoption agency that would never share the slightest detail about his fate. Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies.


The Second Sex

Author: by Simone De Beauvoir
Published at: Vintage; 1st edition (May 3, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0307277787

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Simone de Beauvoir’s essential masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of woman, and a revolutionary exploration of inequality and otherness. Unabridged in English for the first time, this long-awaited edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation.

Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as when it was first published, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

14. The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, Second Edition

Author: by Alan Downs
Published at: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2nd ed. edition (June 5, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0738215679

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A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one’s identity, and how to overcome itIn The Velvet Rage, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man’s journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior.

The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.

15. The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Author: by bell hooks
Published at: Washington Square Press; 1st edition (December 21, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0743456081

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Everyone needs to love and be loved – even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.

In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are – whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

With trademark candor and fierce intelligence, hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways. She believes men can find the way to spiritual unity by getting back in touch with the emotionally open part of themselves – and lay claim to the rich and rewarding inner lives that have historically been the exclusive province of women.

A brave and astonishing work, The Will to Change is designed to help men reclaim the best part of themselves.

16. The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

Author: by Betty Friedan
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; 50th Anniversary edition (September 3, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0393346787

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“If you’ve never read it, read it now.” Arianna Huffington, O, The Oprah MagazineLandmark, groundbreaking, classicthese adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of the problem that has no name: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home.

Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives.

Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50thanniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins.