Who's Afraid of Gender?

Who's Afraid of Gender?

Hardback Published on: 19/03/2024
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Who's Afraid of Gender?
Incredibly necessary and an instant must-read
In some of Butler's most illuminating work yet, ideas of sex and gender and how the cultural zeitgeist has sensationalised them are laid out brilliantly. W... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
Who's Afraid of Gender?
A "call to make a broad coalition".
I came to this book with an awareness of who Judith Butler is and with an introductory knowledge of their liberal feminist views. I feel that this book... READ MORE
Hannah Torres


'Shouldn't we know what we're arguing about?'

From one of the most influential thinkers of our time, an enlightening, essential account ofhow a fear of gender is fuelling reactionary politics around the world.

Judith Butler, the ground-breaking philosopher whose work has redefined how we think about gender and sexuality, confronts the attacks on gender that have become central to right-wing movements today. Global networks have formed ‘anti-gender ideology movements’ dedicated to circulating a fantasy that gender is a dangerous threat to families, local cultures, civilization – and even ‘man’ himself. Inflamed by the rhetoric of public figures, this movement has sought to abolish reproductive justice, undermine protections against violence, and strip trans and queer people of their rights.

But what, exactly, is so disturbing about gender? In this vital, courageous book, Butler carefully examines how ‘gender’ has become a phantasm for emerging authoritarian regimes, fascist formations and transexclusionary feminists, and the concrete ways in which this phantasm works. Operating in tandem with deceptive accounts of critical race theory and xenophobic panics about migration, the anti-gender movement demonizes struggles for equality and leaves millions of people vulnerable to subjugation.

An essential intervention into one of the most fraught issues of our moment, Who's Afraid of Gender? is a galvanizing call to make a broad coalition with all those who struggle for equality and fight injustice. Imagining new possibilities for freedom and solidarity, Butler offers us an essentially hopeful work that is both timely and timeless.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241595824
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 519g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 28 mm

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