Inside are essays on the roots of LGBT oppression, the construction of sexual and gender identities, the history of the LGBT movement, and how to unite the oppressed and exploited to win sexual liberation for all. Sherry Wolf analyzes different theories about oppression—including those of Marxism, postmodernism, identity politics, and queer theory—and challenges myths about genes, gender, and sexuality. Buy the book here.
What Folks Say About Sexuality and Socialism:
“Sherry Wolf’s little purple book is the operator’s manual for a post-90’s LGBT liberation movement. It shouldn’t be read so much as carried, in backpacks and jacket pockets, on bus rides to marches; not shelved but passed, with meaningful glances and endearing words from hand to working hand. It is a text of purpose, ‘a guide to action.’ May every volume be well-used.” Amy Grishek, Rain Taxi
Nobody writes about the politics of sexuality with greater force, insight, and wit than Sherry Wolf. Her work as a social and cultural historian is extremely well-informed and empowered by her dynamic activism. Sexuality and Socialism is an indispensable resource.—William Keach, Professor of English, Brown University
“Surprisingly funny, very readable and a fitting tome for a new movement in these troubled times.”—Dave Zirin for the Progressive‘s Favorite Books of 2009
“‘What humans have constructed they can tear down.’ This is the powerful insight of this rare book that is at once politically important, theoretically and historically sophisticated, and clearly written. Sexuality and Socialism is enlivened in its engagement with a number of controversies, including those over the alleged biological determination of homosexuality, the myth of Black homophobia, and the consequences of postmodernist theories for the politics of gay liberation. Above all else, Wolf puts forward a cogent defense of the Marxist tradition—long and wrongly reviled as homophobic in itself—as a way to explain how LGBT oppression arose and what we can do to put it to bed.”—Dana Cloud, University of Texas at Austin
“Into this moment comes Sherry Wolf’s Sexuality and Socialism, a manifesto of mobilization and equality that matches the challenges of the present with a far-reaching vision of social and sexual liberation inspired by the spirit of Stonewall and the sex-affirmative liberatory socialist tradition.” —Christopher Phelps, Ohio State University
“One doesn’t have to be a Marxist — or gay — to appreciate Sherry Wolf’s well-written analysis of the campaign for LGBT rights from a socialist perspective. Sexuality and Socialism is a useful history for anyone engaged in the struggle for both sexual liberation and economic justice.”—Cleve Jones, Harvey Milk’s collaborator, founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt