Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 8th October 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 11.1 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.11
“Everyone is female. I mean very simply that everyone wants to be a woman. What one does with this desire is what we call gender.”
So begins Andrea Long Chu's investigation into gender and desire, females and bodies, sex and the self, radical dreams and philosophical pessimisms. Feminism, Chu argues, is an untenable claim, and “when you make an untenable claim, your desire is showing, like a shy tattoo peeking out from a sleeve.”
Drawing inspiration from Valerie Solanas's SCUM Manifesto and her forgotten play Up Your Ass, this book in numbered theses whips through a variety of ugly objects (films, manifestos, performance art, psychoanalysis, porn, and the alt-right) to give a portrait of femaleness as a universal category of self-ablation against which all politics-even feminist politics-revolts.
A provocative and searching text from our most exciting new public intellectual. Chu wears her heart on her sleeve with wit, style, and a searching grace.
About the Author
Andrea Long Chu is an essayist and critic. Her writing has appeared in n+1, the Boston Review, Bookforum, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and their cat.