See all year-end lists. It sure has been a year! Somehow, God bless them, many people managed to write and even publish books this year, despite everything. Here are 50 of the best books from this year that are by and about women, feminism or gender and related intersectional issues. Some of these picks will overlap with our list of LGBT books published this year, for obvious reasons!
Lesbian feminism is a cultural movement and critical perspective, most influential in the s and early s primarily in North America and Western Europe , that encourages women to direct their energies toward other women rather than men and often advocates lesbianism as the logical result of feminism. Lesbian feminism arose in the early s out of dissatisfaction with second-wave feminism and the gay liberation movement. According to Judy Rebick , a leading Canadian journalist and feminist activist, lesbians were and always have been at the heart of the women's movement , while their issues were invisible in the same movement. Lesbian feminism of color emerged as a response to lesbian feminism thought that failed to incorporate the issues of class and race as sources of oppression along with heterosexuality. Lesbian feminism, much like feminism, lesbian and gay studies , and queer theory , is characterized by the ideas of contestation and revision. At the same time, one of the key themes of lesbian feminism is the analysis of heterosexuality as an institution.
Conditions full title: Conditions: a feminist magazine of writing by women with a particular emphasis on writing by lesbians was a lesbian feminist literary magazine that came out biannually from to and annually from until , and included poetry, prose, essays, book reviews, and interviews. Conditions was a magazine that emphasized the lives and writings of lesbians, and, throughout its history, maintained an all-lesbian collective. By the early s, the magazine had a diverse group of editors, especially under the leadership of Cheryl L. The journal's fifth issue, published in November , was edited by Barbara Smith and Lorraine Bethel. Conditions 5 was "the first widely distributed collection of Black feminist writing in the U.