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Non-Fiction

Betty Berzon

Two years after psychologist Betty Berzon came out as a lesbian in 1971, she won the fight to have the American Psychiatric Association declassify homosexuality as a mental illness.

Judith Butler

Judith Butler transformed philosophy’s understanding of gender and queer studies with her theory that gender is not an inherent quality, it is a repeated performance based on social codes.

Starhawk

The bestselling author of multiple books on Neopaganism, feminism, and peaceful political advocacy, Starhawk helped shape the resurgence of Goddess worship in the West.

Joani Blank

Sex-positive activist Joani Blank created one of the first woman-friendly sex stores in America, Good Vibrations, as well as sex toys like the Butterfly vibrator.

Caroline Kubzansky Holding "Fearless" Sign

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Author Caroline Kubzansky holds up a sign that reads "Fearless."

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Author Caroline Kubzansky holds up a sign that reads "Fearless."

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Radia Perlman

A software designer and network engineer, Radia Perlman earned a place in internet history for creating the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) which governs how information is sent between servers.

Kate Bornstein

Through performance art pieces like Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger and The Opposite Sex is Neither, Kate Bornstein questions society’s understanding of gender as a binary.

Kate Bornstein, Seattle, 2010

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Kate Bornstein at Babeland in Seattle in 2010.
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Kate Bornstein at Babeland in Seattle in 2010.


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Chelsea Handler, 2007

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Chelsea Handler in 2007.

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Chelsea Handler in 2007.

Photo courtesy of Luke Ford via Wikimedia Commons.

Anti-Pornography Values Are Patriarchal

Andrea Dworkin was one of the greatest feminist minds of the 20th century, and a huge influence on second wave feminism, the dominant feminist ideology of the 1960s and 70s.  Second wave feminism held that sex work and sexual entertainment were harmful and degrading to women, and should be abolished. 

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