“Everyone is female, and everyone hates it.”
So begins Andrea Long Chu’s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire.
Drawing inspiration from a forgotten play by Valerie Solanas—the woman who wrote the SCUM Manifesto and shot Andy Warhol—Chu aims her searing wit and surgical intuition at targets ranging from performance art to psychoanalysis, incels to porn, and even feminists like herself. Each step of the way she defends the indefensible claim that femaleness is less a biological state of women and more a fatal existential condition that afflicts the entire human race—men, women, and everyone else. Or maybe she’s just projecting.
A thrilling new voice who has been credited with launching the “second wave” of trans studies, Chu shows readers how to write for your life, baring herself with a morbid sense of humor and a mordant kind of hope.
Andrea Long Chu is an essayist and critic. Her writing has appeared in n+1, the Boston Review, Bookforum, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and their cat.
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, a New York Times Editors Choice selection, finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Publishing Triangle Award, and longlisted for the UK Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award. Confessions has been recognized by The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, LitHub, Electric Literature and the Feminist Press, among other places, as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.