2018 — Book Review

Book Review: Xenofeminism

Rhian E Jones

New Humanist

Hester recognises that, as greater connectivity and technological advances have broken down barriers and networked the world, so exploitation exists – and must be resisted – on a global rather than local scale. The ways forward that she tentatively identifies are conscious of gender’s intersections with race and class, for instance around access to health services and the racially inflected history of medical intervention and experimentation. Xenofeminism’s “gender-abolitionist” feminism goes beyond a call for parity between binary genders and anticipates a future in which differences proliferate infinitely, rendering gender decreasingly relevant as an axis of oppression – about as significant as the colour of one’s eyes.