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Book Launch Party for Kirsten Leng and Laura Briggs

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A book launch party will be held for Kirsten Leng and Laura Brigg's newly published books at Amherst Books (8 Main Street) on Tuesday, November 7, at 4:30. Their books will be available for sale, and refreshments will be provided. 

About the books:

Book cover for 'How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics.'Laura Briggs, How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics - University of California Press 

"Today all politics are reproductive politics, argues esteemed feminist critic Laura Briggs. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Households are where we face our economic realities as social safety nets get cut and wages decline. Brigg britlliantly outlines how poliitician's racist accounts of reproduction - stories of Black "welfare queens" and Latina "breeding machines" - were the leading wedge in the government and business disinvestment in families. With decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more percarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and-class-stratified ways. The crisis, argues Briggs, fuels all others - from immigration to gay marriage, antifeminism to the rise of the Tea Party."


Kirsten Leng, Sexual Politics and Feminist Science - Cornell University Press

"In Sexual Politics and Feminist Science, Kirsten Leng restores the work of femal sexologists to the forefront of the history of sexology. While male researchers who led the practice of early-twentieth-sexology viewed women and their sexuality as objects to be studied, not as collaborators in scientific investigation, Leng pinpoints nine German and Austrian "women sexologists" and "female sexual theorists" to reveal how sex, gender, and sexuality influenced the field of sexology itself. Leng's book makes it plain that women not only played active roles in the creation of sexual scientific knowledgebut also made significant and influential internevntions in the field. Sexual Politics and Feminist Science provides readers with an opportunity to rediscover and engage with the work of these pioneers. Lneng highlights sexology's empowering potential for women, but also contends that in its intersection with eugenics, the narrative is not wholly celebratory. By detailing gendered efforts to understandand theorize sex through science, she reveals the cognitive biases and sciological predjudices that ultimately circumscribed the transformative potential of their ideas. Ultimately, Sexual Politics and Feminist Science helps readers to understand these women's ideas in all their complexity in order to appreciate their unique place in the history of sexology."