Literature list

After the German language literature list here comes the English one. I am not so sure about the categories because there is a lot of overlap, but since I was specifically asked about literature about trans issues this will come first, more about other stuff to follow:

Trans* stuff

Since I have just posted stuff about sexuality of trans people, I won’t repeat that here.

Books

In English there are quite a few good books about trans issues imho:

  • Whipping Girl by Julia Serano, almost the „bible“ about transsexuality, especially from a trans-female and feminist point of view. If you are confused about what transsexuality is all about and want to understand it or if you want to here critique of both biologist and sociologist models of transsexuality, this should be your first book to look at.
  • Excluded by Julia Serano, kind of the follow-up to Whipping Girl, but with a much broader perspective. It puts forward a general model for marginalization and how to fight it independent of the specific categories (and their intersections) that trigger the marginalization. Also a lot of experiences about how it is to be a transsexual woman (and bisexual and femme and tomboy🙂 ) in queer circles. There is a lot more to write about it, I’ll reserve that to future posts.
  • Gender Outlaws, The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. Lots of Essays about gender nonconformity in many forms trans male, trans female and everything in between. Also from all kinds of perspectives: different ages, countries, ethnic backgrounds, economic backgrounds etc.
  • Nobody Passes, edited by Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore, a critical and broad discussion about passing from different angles, not only about passing as a certain gender, but also for example as a certain ethnicity or class. Reading this book is such a relief coming from discussions about passing in German trans circles (and queer circles, albeit for different reason) because it describes both the difficulties (often you have very little control about how you are perceived) as well as the necessities (sometimes you need to pass, just to survive for example)

These were some of the ones I have read, here are some that I didn’t read, but hear that they are really good:

Videos

Links

These are links that I post all the time somewhere🙂

Stuff about Racism

I am white so I don’t think I know as much about racism than I know about trans issues. But here are some infos that help me understand stuff.

Links

  • Kali Tal’s experiences about doing racism awareness trainings in feminist organizations – and why she stopped it. Short version: „most racists are happy being racists, and simply don’t want to change. But at the same time they want to be protected from accusations of racism, and resent anyone who makes them „feel bad“ about it.“

Spritual Stuff

Spritual Victim Blaming

There is a lot of thinking in spiritual circles that, when applied the other way round, results in victim blaming. This makes it hard for people in not-so-good life situatons to feel welcome and also is just plain wrong. Here are some articles about it:

Racism in the Spiritual Subculture

A lot of the western spiritual subculture is very privilege unaware and racist in a specific way. Here are some articles about it:

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