Top 10 Tuesday: Gender


Books about gender, I’ve got a few for you! Some are non-fiction, some are fiction (or even science fiction) but all centre around gender in one way or another. Tiptree takes a closer look at gender roles in an alien universe, Butler describes an alien race with a third gender required for procreation, and Piercy and Le Guin describe worlds with gender neutral characters. Le Guin faced criticism for Left Hand of Darkness because she used male pronouns when referring to her non-gendered characters. Leckie flipped that when she wrote about an ancillary soldier from a world where gender is not recognized and used female pronouns to refer to everyone. This list is a great primer for anyone wanting to read more about gender binary!

  1. Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon)
  2. Beyond Binary edited by Brit Mandelo
  3. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
  4. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  7. For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu
  8. Butch is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman
  9. Gender Failure by Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon
  10. Dawn (book 1 of the Lilith’s Brood trilogy) by Octavia E. Butler




  1. I read Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time for my Feminist Utopias and Dystopias class. It was…definitely different.
    I also liked Gate to Women’s Country, which is another one we read. I think you should check that one out…if you like the gender differences.

    • Gate to Women’s country was good too! I will eventually put together a top 10 of feminist science fiction titles as that’s a genre I really love. That class sounds amazing!

      • It was! I read so many amazing books: The Anchoress, Herland, Handmaid’s Tale, Parable of the Sower, and the other two! Piercey and Women’s Country! It was an amazing class and I learned a lot. Oh, there was one more…The City of Ladies? It’s from the 1600s…it was very interesting.

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