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I gotta keep this vague bc online safety etc etc, but basically I work with a network of librairies. All staff are allowed to recommend books to stock in the library/ies, but they're all vetted by higher ups before being accepted. Everyone I know there and all the external parties we work with are completely TRA-brainwashed, ranging from hardcore TRA activists to normies who just drink the Kool Aid without understanding. As a result there is an overwhelming amount of trans nonsense on the shelves especially the childrens shelves which is very upsetting to me.

I desperately want to bring some better books into these spaces, but I can't risk them researching it and finding that it's 'terfy' - obviously they won't accept it but also my job will be in danger if they suspect i'm at all GC or even just 'uneducated' and 'dangerous' lol. The farthest I've dared to go is 'Delusions of Gender' by Cordelia Fine, but that really isn't GC at all and barelyyy mentions trans people, so that's why I think it got accepted. I could never for instance recommend anything like Helen Joyce, Abigail Shrier, etc etc.

Leading to my question: anyone know of any good GC / actually feminist / pro women / pro LGB books I can sneak in? it doesn't even have to be very explicit, just anything that doesn't support trans lunacy or is written by a TRA. the bar is below sea level at this point 😭 please don't be afraid to give lesser-known suggestions that's actually for the better because the less TRAs know of it, the less of an internet witch hunt to be found

I gotta keep this vague bc online safety etc etc, but basically I work with a network of librairies. All staff are allowed to recommend books to stock in the library/ies, but they're all vetted by higher ups before being accepted. Everyone I know there and all the external parties we work with are completely TRA-brainwashed, ranging from hardcore TRA activists to normies who just drink the Kool Aid without understanding. As a result there is an overwhelming amount of trans nonsense on the shelves *especially* the childrens shelves which is very upsetting to me. I desperately want to bring some better books into these spaces, but I can't risk them researching it and finding that it's 'terfy' - obviously they won't accept it but also my job will be in danger if they suspect i'm at all GC or even just 'uneducated' and 'dangerous' lol. The farthest I've dared to go is 'Delusions of Gender' by Cordelia Fine, but that really isn't GC at all and barelyyy mentions trans people, so that's why I think it got accepted. I could never for instance recommend anything like Helen Joyce, Abigail Shrier, etc etc. Leading to my question: anyone know of any good GC / actually feminist / pro women / pro LGB books I can sneak in? it doesn't even have to be very explicit, just anything that doesn't support trans lunacy or is written by a TRA. the bar is below sea level at this point 😭 please don't be afraid to give lesser-known suggestions that's actually for the better because the less TRAs know of it, the less of an internet witch hunt to be found

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How about Invisible Women by Criado-Perez? It's a great book, and i had no idea people were drilling her about the bathroom issue. Biology is transphobic apparently. She speaks about the differences between our bodies and the need for women's relief shelters.

I was giving this a re-read and shortly afterwards realised that people were probably making a stink about it somewhere because she uses 'women' in the 'adult human female' sense. Surprise surprise, looked it up and found some result where somebody complained about how it 'didn't include trans and NB people' and 'we need 'Invisible Trans' or 'Invisible Non-Binary'...

this sounds perfect esp because it's data / science based which they tend to like!! thank you:)

Free To Be You And Me is a classic about self acceptance and not letting stereotypes bind you - if it hasn't already been taken off the shelf, you should recommend it. It was a big part of the childhood of kids in my generation.

amazing, gonna bookmark this one, we desperately need more stuff that encourages kids to love themselves for how they are

I’m gonna recommend my favorite book about female biology, Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wechsler. The core of it is information on tracking your menstrual cycles, which people use both to achieve and prevent pregnancy, but it goes way beyond that. It’s both comprehensive and accessible on the minutiae of the menstrual cycle and hormone fluctuations in a way I’ve never seen anywhere else. The emphasis on pregnancy prevention now that Roe is threatened can help offset any objections to the “female body” stuff.

your last point is perfect, they love jumping on the current whole trend so i'll go in that direction. thanks so much:)

Just from self-interest, it would have been invaluable to me when I was growing up. And it’s probably a good idea to buy a copy now before Toni Wechsler has to go through gender reeducation camp and scrubs the word woman from the whole thing.

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[–] womenopausal 9 points Edited

Ooh, how about:

Our Bodies Their Battleground by Christina Lamb

Difficult Women by Helen Lewis

Dear Ijeawele by Chimomanda Ngozi Adichie

thank you!! especially love the adichie rec, i doubt the white higher ups would dare reject a book by a black woman lol

Fuck, how can adults and professionals hold that there is only one opinion acceptable in regards to books? :'(

this is canada, you cannot imagine the levels of ideological capture. it's especially bad in academia and higher learning, which is exactly where you're supposed to be able to question things and learn truth :/

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Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War, here.

It is an excellent oral history of World War II, told by the women who lived it. It shows the strength and resilience of women, shows women dressing as men to fight/to obtain information/food. The women talk frankly about the cost of war to women. Especially poignant, given the situation in the world right now, both in war, and with gender nonsense. These women all knew they were women, who has luxury beliefs when the trenches are your home?

It is not "feminist' per se, but it humanizes women and war, and is excellent history of women. We don't often hear, in history, from/about individual women in poverty, surviving, so it is important for this as well.

thank you so much this sounds like an excellent read and also topical (war) so a better chance of them approving it!

I did consider what could be approved. It interviews both women from Ukraine and women from Russia, so, yes, very topical.

The author won a Nobel prize for literature for another book, which adds literary gravitas to her titles as well.

Maybe an anthology/collection of radical feminist second wave texts? You could easily justify it by saying it’s so people can understand the history of feminism

unfortunately they have a pretty hard ban on radical feminist anything. we only had 1 gertrude stein book and they quietly removed it 🤣🤣 understanding, history, and feminism are all words these people do not seem to like LOL

A library has a ban on feminist texts? What if patrons are requesting these items?

edit: realizing i should've worded it better, it's not literally a ban as in its company policy, but more of a de facto thing. like everyone knows good and well anything before the 3rd wave won't fly lol

[–] JanesHeir 6 points Edited

The f---! Removing Gertrude Stein is removing a vital piece of literary history! I'm gonna bet they didn't remove Ernest Misogynist Hemmingway. (Also, I've never even heard of Stein considered a radical feminist. Sounds like homophobia to remove her!)

maybe we should remove every historical novel with vaguely racist or sexist themes as well (i.e. ... most books written by men for millenia), after all, we don't agree with those values. that means they have zero historical or literary value. /s

well no, because when men write graphic violence and rape scenes it's art, but women talking about feminism is clearly transphobic vitriol and must be cleansed. TRAmen🙏

You're kidding.

sadly nope. it's not an official ban, but anyone with a single brain cell knows that suggesting anything GC or radfem is basically you signing your letter of involuntary resignation LOL

Hmm… Maybe just an overall second wave feminist book—though you’d have to check whether anything radical got included, and it would include the liberal feminism too. If that’s not possible, maybe there’s a pro-trans book that’s like a “rebuttal” to radical feminism’s gender critical attitude, except it’s either not a good argument. In a perfect scenario, it would not distort radical feminists—maybe it would include samples of radical feminist writing—and then after that, the rebuttal would basically be “gender doesn’t equal sex, TWAW,” and some other platitudes. Alternatively, you could include the books with the worst arguments for transgender stuff. Wasn’t there a trans memoirist who wrote something along the lines of the essence of women being “expectant holes” or some weird pornsick thing like that? Or find one that’s so blatantly predatory that anyone can realize it.

What about some classic second-wave works? Would they be open to those?

ETA: or maybe some books on women from history? I'm thinking anything that talks about GNC women as being WOMEN and doesn't try to argue that they were 'really trans'.

i like that idea. powerful historical women, they can't rly argue against that lol

And because they can't argue against that, they'll trans them - say they were actually trans men. :(

You could try reaching out to Rachel Roony for children's books recommendations or perusing her social media. Your higher-ups will sniff out her name quickly for being 'unacceptable' (particularly for her book My Body is Me), but she or her social media feeds might be able to give you suggestions for other children's authors that haven't been targeted yet.

I second the recommendation for Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez.

A History of Women Philosophers, edited by Mary Ellen Waithe. It's 4 volumes. I don't think it would set off the alarm bells of your superiors. There is more information here on the contents of each volume: https://frauenkultur.co.uk/a-history-of-women-philosophers-volume-1-4/

Treacherous Women of Imperial Japan: Patriarchal Fictions, Patricidal Fantasies by Helene Bowen Raddeker

Defending Battered Women on Trial by Elizabeth A. Sheehy

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