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Who's Afraid of Gender? [MAR.19]

Judith Butler

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EXPECTED RELEASE JANUARY 30th, 2024
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A highly accessible and essential look at how anxiety around gender is fuelling reactionary politics worldwide, from legendary thinker Judith Butler.

Judith Butler, the pioneering theorist whose iconic book Gender Trouble redefined how we think about gender and sexuality, confronts one of the most pressing issues of our time. So-called "gender ideology"—and its supposed dangers—has provoked reactionary backlash across the world. Global networks spread the idea that “gender” is a dangerous, if not diabolical, ideology threatening to destroy families, local cultures, civilizations—and even "man" himself. Inflamed by the rhetoric of religious leaders, politicians, and public figures, this movement has taken aim at the rights of queer and trans people and sought to restrict the freedoms of women, pushing anti-gender legislation and at times perpetuating violence.

But what, exactly, is so scary about gender? In their monumental first trade book, Butler examines, with characteristic rigour and verve, how “gender” became a convenient catch-all boogeyman—a phantasm—for myriad overlapping, and often contradicting, anxieties. From former colonial states in Africa and Asia classifying “gender” as a Western imposition to the Vatican’s warnings that “gender” erodes traditional values, Butler powerfully demonstrates how the fears surrounding “gender” are not only misguided and uninformed, but also sow the seeds for authoritarian control and the erosion of public discourse.

An urgent intervention, a bold call for a freer and more allied world, Who's Afraid of Gender? is a landmark work of social and political analysis both timely and timeless—a book only Judith Butler could write.

Hardcover | 320 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"