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I have a close friend who is very libfem. We've agreed to share books on feminism and discuss. She is very pro-trans, pro-sex worker, but open to discussion. Are there any books on feminism that you would recommend, preferably something fairly recently published? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

I have a close friend who is very libfem. We've agreed to share books on feminism and discuss. She is very pro-trans, pro-sex worker, but open to discussion. Are there any books on feminism that you would recommend, preferably something fairly recently published? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez is one that I think can appeal to a wider audience, while still making it clear there are reasons to acknowledge sex differences.

Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine

Excellent book. One of our rules is that it can't be a book either of us has read, but maybe I'll recommend it to her. Thanks

I tend to read older books so can't personally recommend any new ones, but you might want to check out the Australian feminist publisher, Spinifex Press. They publish quite a few actual feminist (not libfem) books each year. I'm definitely going to get Janice Raymond's new book, Doublethink: A Feminist Challenge to Transgenderism, once I finish her Transsexual Empire.

A recent book against the sex trade is Mia Döring’s Any Girl: A Memoir of Sexual Exploitation and Recovery. Here's a review of the book from Nordic Model Now: https://nordicmodelnow.org/2022/03/03/any-girl-by-mia-doring-getting-paid-to-please-to-endure-to-put-up-with-not-to-enjoy/

Also Dr. Jane Clare Jones' collection of essays, The Annals of The Terf Wars and Other Writings, is coming out soon.

I've read mostly older books, too. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm sure she won't go for Raymond (she lives with a TIM) but I have got to read her new one.

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy (2005) is pretty good. I just finished reading it and was impressed. She covers things like Girls Gone Wild, transing lesbians, what sex work is actually like, and the overall sexualization women are subject to these days. I'm pretty sure I've read even more recent books that are good but none come to mind right now.

I haven't read that one. The title was sort of off-putting when it came out. Will look into it. Thank you.

It was way better than I expected. The title originally put me off, too.