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LGBT+ Book Club @ Waterstones
October 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
For our October meeting, we will be reading and discussing Kate Bornstien and S. Bear Bergman’s Gender Outlaws.
Fifteen years after Bornstein’s groundbreaking Gender Outlaw, this follow-up collection presents the wide-ranging voices of a new generation of gender radicals. In thought-provoking essays, poems, and comics, contributors address the problematic nature of language and labels, which often force people into two categories; “People get upset with transgender people who choose to inhabit a third gender space rather than ‘pick a side.'” A
lack of acknowledgment of alternate gender labels in public spaces such as restrooms, and on official documentation highlights this issue on a daily basis. Non-Western perspectives, including a description of a ritual for Maasai women who can’t reproduce, broaden the concept of “gender outlaw” and further challenge accepted notions of what is normal.