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Radical Lesbian Feminist Theory
Radical Feminist Theory –  General/Collections

Feminist Theory - Specific Areas

Battering/Domestic Violence
Sadomasochism/"Sex Wars"
Separatism/Women-Only Space
Transsexuality/Transgender/Queer Politics
Feminist Theology/Spirituality/Religion
Fat/Body Image
Lesbian Feminist Fiction

Radical Lesbian Feminist Theory

Spinster and Her Enemies, Sheila Jeffreys
A Passion for Friends, Jan Raymond
Call Me Lesbian, Julia Penelope
The Lesbian Heresy, Sheila Jeffreys
The Lesbian Body, Monique Wittig
Politics of Reality, Marilyn Frye
Willful Virgin: Essays in Feminism 1976-1992, Marilyn Frye
Lesbian Ethics, Sarah Hoagland
Sister/Outsider, Audre Lorde

Radical Feminist Theory –  General/Collections

Love and Politics, Carol Anne Douglas
The Dialectic of Sex--The Case for Feminist Revolution, Shulamith Firestone
Sisterhood is Powerful, Robin Morgan, ed.
Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader, edited by Barbara A. Crow
Radically Speaking:  Feminism Reclaimed, Renate Klein and Diane Bell
Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf
Sexual Politics, Kate Millett
Radical Feminism, Anne Koedt, Ellen Levine, and Anita Rapone, eds.
On Lies, Secrets and Silence, Adrienne Rich
Beyond Power: On Women, Men and Morals, Marilyn French
Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law, Catharine MacKinnon
Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression, Sandra Bartky
Life and Death, Andrea Dworkin
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga, eds.
The Whole Woman, Germaine Greer
Wildfire:  Igniting the She/Volution, Sonia Johnson
Right Wing Women, Andrea Dworkin
Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology, Barbara Smith ed.
Fugitive Information, Kay Leigh Hagan
Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, bell hooks
Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot, Pearl Cleage
Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes, Maria Lugones
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, Alice Walker

Feminist Theory – Specific Areas


Female Sexual Slavery, Kathleen Barry
Women, Lesbians, and Prostitution:  A Workingclass Dyke Speaks Out Against Buying Women for Sex, by Toby Summer, in Lesbian Culture: An Anthology, Julia Penelope and Susan Wolfe, eds.
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution, Jan Raymond
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment, Sheila Jeffreys
Making the Harm Visible: Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls, Donna M. Hughes and Claire Roche, eds.
Prostitution, Trafficking, and Traumatic Stress, Melissa Farley
Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography, Christine Stark and Rebecca Whisnant, eds.


Pornography: Men Possessing Women, Andrea Dworkin
Pornography: Evidence of the Harm, Diana Russell
Pornography and Sexual Violence:  Evidence of the Links (transcript of Minneapolis hearings published by Everywoman in the UK)
Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, Gail Dines


Against Our Will, Susan Brownmiller
Rape In Marriage, Diana Russell


Secret Trauma, Diana Russell

Battering/Domestic Violence

Loving to Survive, Dee Graham

Sadomasochism/"Sex Wars"

Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties, Irene Reti, ed.
The Sex Wars, Lisa Duggan and Nan D. Hunter, eds.
Sex, Lies, and Feminism, Charlotte Croson, off our backs, June 2001
How Orgasm Politics Has Hijacked the Women’s Movement, Sheila Jeffreys
A Vision of Lesbian Sexuality, Janice Raymond, in All The Rage: Reasserting Radical Lesbian Feminism, Lynne Harne & Elaine Miller, eds.
Sex and Feminism: Who Is Being Silenced? Adriene Sere in SaidIt, 2001
Consuming Passions: Some Thoughts on History, Sex and Free Enterprise by De Clarke (From Unleashing Feminism).

Separatism/Women-Only Space

"No Dobermans Allowed,"  Carolyn Gage, in Lesbian Culture: An Anthology, Julia Penelope and Susan Wolfe, eds.
For Lesbians Only:  A Separatist Anthology, Julia Penelope & Sarah Hoagland, eds.
Women-Only Spaces: An Alternative To Patriarchy, Jennie Ruby
Exploring the Value of Women-Only Space, Kya Ogyn


Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts’ Advice to Women, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
The Hidden Malpractice: How American Medicine Treats Women as Patients and Professionals, Gena Corea
The Mother Machine: Reproductive Technologies from Artificial Insemination to Artificial Wombs, Gena Corea
Women and Madness, Phyllis Chesler
Women, Health and the Politics of Fat, Amy Winter, in Rain And Thunder, Autumn Equinox 2003, No. 20
Changing Our Minds: Lesbian Feminism and Psychology, Celia Kitzinger and Rachel Perkins


Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich
The Reproduction of Mothering, Nancy Chodorow
Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace, Sara Ruddick


The Sexual Contract, Carol Pateman
A Radical Dyke Experiment for the Next Century: 5 Things to Work for Instead of Same-Sex Marriage, Betsy Brown in off our backs, January 2000 V.30; N.1 p. 24
Intercourse, Andrea Dworkin

Transsexuality/Transgender/Queer Politics

The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, Janice Raymond
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Judith Butler
Unpacking Queer Politics, Sheila Jeffreys
Men in Ewes' Clothing: The Stealth Politics of the Transgender Movement, Karla Mantilla in off our backs April 2000
Teena Brandon:  The Unmaking of a Lesbian, Carolyn Gage


Speaking Freely: Unlearning the Lies of the Fathers' Tongues, Julia Penelope
Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary, Mary Daly

Feminist Theology/Spirituality/Religion

Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism, Mary Daly
The Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe, Marija Gimbutas
Woman, Church and State, Matilda Joslyn Gage
The Women's Bible, Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Pure Lust, Mary Daly


The War Against Women, Marilyn French
Backlash, Susan Faludi


Surpassing the Love of Men, Lillian Faderman
AntiClimax, Sheila Jeffreys
Going Too Far:  The Personal Chronicles of a Feminist, Robin Morgan
Women of Ideas, and What Men Have Done to Them, Dale Spender
The Creation of Patriarchy, Gerda Lerner
The Creation of Feminist Consciousness, From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-Seventy, Gerda Lerner
Why History Matters, Gerda Lerner
A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft, ed.
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton-Susan B. Anthony Reader: Correspondence, Writings, Speeches, Ellen Carol Dubois, ed., Gerda Lerner, Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The Suffragette Movement, Sylvia Pankhurst
In Our Time: Memoirs of a Revolution, Susan Brownmiller
Women, Race and Class, Angela Y. Davis


Myths of Gender, Anne Fausto-Sterling
Sexing the Body: Gender and the Construction of Sexuality, Anne Fausto-Sterling


If Women Counted, Marilyn Waring
For-Giving:  A Feminist Criticism of Exchange, Genevieve Vaughn

Fat/Body Image

Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression, Lisa Schoenfielder and Barb Wieser
The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
Unbearable Weight:  Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Susan Bordo
The Invisible Woman:  Confronting Weight Prejudice in America, Charisse Goodman
Women En Large: Photographs of Fat Nudes, Laurie Toby Edison and Debbie Notkin


With the Power of Each Breath:  A Disabled Women’s Anthology, Susan E. Browne, Debra Connors, and Nanci Stern

Lesbian Feminist Fiction

Conditions of War, Lierre Keith
Skyler Gabriel, Lierre Keith
Sister Gin, June Arnold
The Cook and the Carpenter, June Arnold
Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy
Between Friends, Gillian Hanscombe
Nothing Happened, Ebba Haslund
The Wanderground, Sally Miller Gearhart
Ammonite, Nicola Griffith
The Female Man, Joanna Russ
On Strike Against God, Joanna Russ
Accommodation Offered, Anna Livia
Martha Moody, Susan Stinson
Fat Girl Dances With Rocks, Susan Stinson
Venus of Chalk, Susan Stinson
Compiled by Amy Winter, Lierre Keith, Cheryl Seelhoff, and Crystal Lehman