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From #MeToo to Milo Yiannopoulos, this has been the year of gender trouble. Here are our top ten stories on gender, sexuality, and justice in 2017.
Will Feminism's Past Mistakes Haunt #MeToo
by Judith Levine
#MeToo must go beyond the demand for punishment. Vengeance may satisfy us now, but it does not create a just culture.
He Said, He Said: The Feminization of James Comey
by Bonnie Honig
Conservatives routinely deny that gender is fluid. Yet they feminized James Comey so rapidly, you would think he was J. Edgar Hoover.
Memoir by Samuel R. Delany
“I’m known as a sex radical, but the fact is I am nowhere near as radical as many.”
#Milosexual and the Aesthetics of Fascism
by Daniel Penny
Milo Yiannopoulos was the paradoxical posterboy for the alt-right's fascist erotic. Until he wasn't.
by Judith Levine
To fight sexual harassment in the workplace, we must learn from the history of women in the labor movement.
Two Paths for the Personal Essay
by Merve Emre
What we see in women's writing today is not the shattering of language but the shattering of a pact between reader and writer.
Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue
Short fiction by Charlie Jane Anders
“The gender change looked more like landscaping: building embankments out of raw dirt, heaving big rocks to change the course of rivers, and uprooting plants stem by stem.”
Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again
Junot Díaz in conversation with Margaret Atwood
In 1985 The Handmaid's Tale was only a remote possibility. In the United States today, it has approached reality.
Sky Veins of Potosí
Short fiction by Jordy Rosenberg
“You used terms such as revolutionaries. Comrades. And, most illegally of all: lovers. Unmarried people who fuck each other without the goal of childrening. Well, I was sunk.”
In the Name of Victims
by Kristin Bumiller
The effect of the struggle over Title IX will be a deeper entrenchment of the tendency to treat sex as a matter of risk management.
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Against the philosopher’s dying wish, the final volume of History of Sexuality has now been published. How should we approach it, and what can it teach us about how Christianity shaped the modern self?
The release of a restored Basic Instinct alongside director Paul Verhoeven’s newest erotic epic, Benedetta, offers an occasion to think not only about the ethics and politics of watching bodies on screen, but about the uncanny relationship between film and reality.
The 1980s sex wars are most strongly associated with conflict over pornography. But a central component, often lost in present-day recollections, was a debate over the politics of queer desire.