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Trans rights and trans lives have come under increasingly vicious ideological attack in recent times, from the "bathroom wars" and Donald Trump's anti-trans edicts in the United States, to attacks on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in Britain. Laura Miles' new book brings together key strands in the resistance to these attacks - on the streets, in communitie Trans rights and trans lives have come under increasingly vicious ideological attack in recent times, from the "bathroom wars" and Donald Trump's anti-trans edicts in the United States, to attacks on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in Britain. Laura Miles' new book brings together key strands in the resistance to these attacks - on the streets, in communities, in workplaces and in unions. It addresses the roots of transphobia and the history of gender transgressive behaviours. It highlights trans people's fight for the freedom to live authentic lives and explains why that fight deserves unconditional solidarity in all sections of the left. Transgender Resistance shows how Marxism offers a comprehensive and coherent explanation of the material roots of transphobia; an explanation that locates the fight for transgender liberation firmly within the struggle for socialist transformation. "I am proud to recommend this vibrant, fascinating book which calmly offers incisive and powerful political inspiration for everyone who wants to support the struggle for transgender rights, respect and liberation. Absolutely essential reading for the left, the LGBTQ+ movement and beyond" - Nicola Field, author of Over the Rainbow and member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners


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Trans rights and trans lives have come under increasingly vicious ideological attack in recent times, from the "bathroom wars" and Donald Trump's anti-trans edicts in the United States, to attacks on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in Britain. Laura Miles' new book brings together key strands in the resistance to these attacks - on the streets, in communitie Trans rights and trans lives have come under increasingly vicious ideological attack in recent times, from the "bathroom wars" and Donald Trump's anti-trans edicts in the United States, to attacks on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in Britain. Laura Miles' new book brings together key strands in the resistance to these attacks - on the streets, in communities, in workplaces and in unions. It addresses the roots of transphobia and the history of gender transgressive behaviours. It highlights trans people's fight for the freedom to live authentic lives and explains why that fight deserves unconditional solidarity in all sections of the left. Transgender Resistance shows how Marxism offers a comprehensive and coherent explanation of the material roots of transphobia; an explanation that locates the fight for transgender liberation firmly within the struggle for socialist transformation. "I am proud to recommend this vibrant, fascinating book which calmly offers incisive and powerful political inspiration for everyone who wants to support the struggle for transgender rights, respect and liberation. Absolutely essential reading for the left, the LGBTQ+ movement and beyond" - Nicola Field, author of Over the Rainbow and member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

37 review for Transgender Resistance: Socialism and the Fight for Trans Liberation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin Empson

    Beginning with the history of trans and non-binary people, through a study of the reality of life for transgender people around the world today and concluding with a powerful argument for the right of transgender people to self-identify, but also for a socialist world to destroy the structures that create oppression, this is a brilliant polemic by socialist and trade union activist Laura Miles.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Saoirse

    This one really threatened to throw me off towards the end as it begins to tie all its threads together because it's understanding of some theories that I find quite important to myself that they argue against can be quite... rigid? That's going to alienate a lot of readers who could really do with what this book has to say about unity. However, even if you don't agree with every philosophical statement this book makes, (I broadly agreed, even when the book threatened to throw me off, it pulled This one really threatened to throw me off towards the end as it begins to tie all its threads together because it's understanding of some theories that I find quite important to myself that they argue against can be quite... rigid? That's going to alienate a lot of readers who could really do with what this book has to say about unity. However, even if you don't agree with every philosophical statement this book makes, (I broadly agreed, even when the book threatened to throw me off, it pulled me back in), it is an indispensable source of information and facts about the oppression of trans people that I feel like anyone who is serious about such issues or even opposing such issues should read. When it ended I felt like punching the air because its point was so wonderfully and eloquently made and so immaculately researched and resourced.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vita

    A truly fantastic book that’s consistently well-argued and uncompromisingly Marxist. With this little gem, Laura Miles dispels every reactionary argument confronted in conversations about trans resistance. She argues eloquently for a class understanding of the roots of trans oppression, for the rights of trans people to self-identify and ultimately for the necessity of socialist revolution in ending gender oppression. A very useful read for all activists.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Briar

    "We should never forget that it has been mass acts of militant resistance, most notably the Stonewall Rebellion, that have most progressed LGBT+ rights, not the generosity and social liberalism of particular governments." Finding a book analysing transphobia and transgender liberation from a socialist standpoint has been a long time coming for me, and I'm pleased to say Laura Miles does not disappoint. The book looks at an interesting and accessible analysis of the origin of transgender oppre "We should never forget that it has been mass acts of militant resistance, most notably the Stonewall Rebellion, that have most progressed LGBT+ rights, not the generosity and social liberalism of particular governments." Finding a book analysing transphobia and transgender liberation from a socialist standpoint has been a long time coming for me, and I'm pleased to say Laura Miles does not disappoint. The book looks at an interesting and accessible analysis of the origin of transgender oppression to some of the issues surrounding the fight for trans people's rights across the world (with a focus in Britain, as that is where the author lives and is an activist), and an argument for why a Marxist strategy is what is needed to fully liberate trans people and the entire working class along with them. Highly recommend, especially for LGBTI activists and lefties trying to familiarise themselves with the arguments surrounding trans struggles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    Highly recommended for anyone wanting to put an end to trans oppression

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