Female Masculinities and the Gender Wars- The Politics of Sex Book

Female Masculinities and the Gender Wars- The Politics of Sex Book

Regular price £21.99 Sale price£20.67 Save 6%
Tax included.

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Free Delivery on UK orders over £70
  • Discreet Packaging


“Thoughtful and often moving.” Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian Female Masculinities and the Gender Wars provides important theoretical background and context to the ‘gender wars’ or ‘TERF wars’ – the fracture at the forefront of the LGBTQ international conversation.

Using queer and female masculinities as a lens, Finn Mackay investigates the current generational shift that is refusing the previous assumed fixity of sex, gender and sexual identity.

Transgender and trans rights movements are currently experiencing political backlash from within certain lesbian and lesbian feminist groups, resulting in a situation in which these two minority communities are frequently pitted against one another or perceived as diametrically opposed.

Uniquely, Finn Mackay approaches this debate through the context of female masculinity, butch and transmasculine lesbian masculinities. There has been increasing interest in the study of masculinity, influenced by a popular discourse around so-called ‘toxic masculinity’, the rise of men’s rights activism and theory and critical work on Trump’s America and the MeToo movement.

An increasingly important topic in political science and sociological academia, this book aims to break new ground in the discussion of the politics of gender and identity.

"Thoughtful and often moving... The book is partly an attempt to let a butch community that is often talked over finally speak for itself... There is a quiet resolve to Mackay, who when asked how they have managed to keep a foot in both camps for so long says firmly: "I don't think anything healthy comes from people hunkering down in their bunkers." It is only as we go our separate ways in the sunshine that it occurs to me how much courage that now takes."
The Guardian

"By turns witty and deeply serious, Finn Mackay has managed to find a way through and even around the messy gender wars currently raging on and offline. With calm precision and clear rhetoric, Mackay lays out the nuts and bolts of sex, gender, gender transition, sexual orientation, hormones, masculinity, femininity and much, much more. Whether you are a seasoned gender warrior or an armchair observer of the debates swirling around these topics today, you will find answers to your questions and concerns here. More than that, you will hear from trans, butch and gender-questioning people who, far from being examples in an argument between feminists or doctors, are living with contradiction, surviving for the most part, and, often, modelling new ways of being in the world."
Jack Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity (1998) and Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (2018)

"This book confronts, explains, explores, deconstructs and then quite beautifully and reasonably creates space, safe space, ordered space for discussion and a far greater depth of understanding. I kept thinking throughout the book that the little kid in the baseball cap has grown up to become brilliant, brave and generous. A vital spacious text."
Juno Roche, Writer

"While most people will experience my work and my being as a far left leaning enterprise in actual fact I am more interested in 'the middle ground', 'the grey areas', what I call the space of 'queer liminality'. The first thing that strikes me, (like an ever so gentle slap in the face), about Female Masculinities and the Gender Wars, Finn Mackay's latest public intervention, is how very similar we are, despite having a vastly different personal narrative and social circle. Finn draws upon lived experience as a female bodied person with a presentation that causes others to make assumptions about both her sex and gender identity. Finn is a questioner who eschews the comfort of binary thinking in favour of a more nuanced approach. I would even go as far to say that Finn embodies 'true genius' in their ability to recognise how two or more seemingly oppositional ideas can be true at the same time."
Del LaGrace Volcano, Artist and Activist" --Del LaGrace Volcano, Artist and Activist


      Author Dr Finn Mackay
      Format Paperback
      ISBN 9780755606634


      UK Orders

      Takes approximately 1-3 working days to arrive, (but can take longer during busy periods like bank holidays or Pride Month)

      Orders under £40 can't be tracked, but do have a barcode on which Royal Mail scan on delivery.

      Orders over £40 are sent with full tracking.

      International Orders

      Some international orders arrive in around 5 days (mostly to Europe) and some take 2 months.

      There are also sometimes customs delays.

      We can not be held responsible if your order does not arrive for a certain date.

      Find out more about deliveries in the UK here.

      Find out more about deliveries to the EU here.

      Find out more about deliveries to the rest of the world (non-EU) here.

      We understand that some people need to be discreet. Everything we send out is in plain packaging with no reference to Gay Pride Shop.

      Recently viewed