…in which our heroine rides into the desert and we learn about the need for intersectional feminism.

Featured image from here.

In addition to spoilers for Book 1, 2, and 3, we’ll be discussing issues related to racism (including white feminism and the idea of white saviors) and with partner misogyny.

tumblr_inline_ni1cuzzZMY1t8rophWhat’s the Non-Binary Book Club?

Long version here.

Our focus is on books (and media) about characters with non-binary sexualities, gender identities, or gender expressions. That is, characters who are bi/pansexual/queer-identified, or whose gender expression or identity is not strongly fixed to the gender binary (may include agender, transgender, gender-nonconforming, gendervariant, genderfluid, intersex [as identity], non-binary, genderqueer, et al.). We tend to read speculative fiction novels (as opposed to non-fiction, including autobiographies), but other genre fiction, graphic novels, comics, and short stories may be on our list.

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death—either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mysterious fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe’s first female shaman—despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. [Editor’s note: even the back of the book is racist oh boy] Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes—for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. [Ed. NOOOOOPE let Kara and Kourrem do it stop it Alanna]

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…and decides George and Jonathan need to cut the crap.


GIF: Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat yelling “RESPECT GIRLS” at her son Eddie while pushing a giant stuffed bunny in his face to illustrate her point. Source. (includes gif set)

Seriously, they’re the worst.

In addition to spoilers for Book 1 and Book 2, we’ll be discussing issues related to dubcon (dubious consent), misogyny, and mansplaining, both in terms of the plot (characters doing and saying awful things) and the narrative (the author’s decisions about how said characters’ actions are contextualized or treated in the narrative by the author).

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In this Gender Reader, the wage gap: international edition, masculinities in Chinese and Korean dramas, Ariana Miyamoto, and research on attitudes toward coming out in Japan.

[Image: Isetan ad featuring Italian Japanese model Saira Kunikida with text “This is Japan.”] Via Grits and Sushi.

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In this Feminist Friday post, I’m going to discuss bi1 erasure in social science research and news coverage. It’s bad enough having to do the closet hokey-pokey literally every single day of my life2, but when heterosexual/monosexual/cisgender social scientists and writers decide to pointedly ignore non-monosexual folks or write their thrilling conclusions about our personal lives without our input3, it very much affects us.

Edit: WordPress was supposed to embed posts from tumblr and didn’t. The head image is from this post.

Exhibit A: Erasure by Exclusion as Data 

This very scientific article from 2012 from Scientific American (the link is from donotlink, so click away) is here to sell you a pack of lies (which hurt het folks, too!):

[Image: Scientific American, Headline reads

[Image: Scientific American, Headline reads “Men and Women Can’t Be ‘Just Friends'”


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Featuring a different cover set!

Featuring a different cover set!

In case you missed it on the Alanna post, the Non-Binary Book Club continues with Book 2 of Song of the Lioness: In the Hand of the Goddess (1984). (Click here if you missed our intro to or discussion of Book 1.)

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Source [Image of Oscar the Grouch holding a sign that says “I heart trash.”]

Source [Image of Oscar the Grouch holding a sign that says “I heart trash.”]

Here’s a humor(?) article I never guessed end up writing, and just in time for Tanabata!

“Why is Florence + the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful the soundtrack to my trash ship?”

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Better late than never! Welcome to the June 2015 session of the Non-Binary Book Club, in which we’ve taken on book 1 of the Song of the Lioness quartet.



“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins — one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

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