The Conversations Project

We are committed to bringing attention to a decades old inclusive radical feminist tradition through inspiring informed critical discourse rooted in an intersectional trans and radical feminist perspective.

This is accomplished through the Project’s community group, quarterly journal, interviews as well as the publication of a book-length collection of collaborative essays from radical feminist John Stoltenberg and trans feminist Cristan Williams.

I n the groundbreaking 1973 book Radical Feminism, the book's co-editor Anne Koedt defined radical feminism as, "the advocacy of the total elimination of sex roles." She went on to define a radical feminist as, "one who believes in this and works politically toward that end." Koedt added the following caveat: "She does not by this definition live a life untouched by sex roles; there are no 'liberated' women in that sense." We hope to center our conversations on the what it means to be a trans, intersex, or allied individual who works toward the total elimination of sex roles, stereotypes, and hierarchies. Ultimately, these conversations are an investment in our shared commitment to liberation: an end to sexism. We therefore hope our Project will inspire conversations within feminist communities about our intersecting language, histories, and experience. Subscribe to The Conversations Project here




Project Feeds

November 29, 2015

Pt. 1, The Sex/Gender Binary: Intertextual Dialectics

Transgender feminist Cristan Williams opens the conversation with radical feminist John Stoltenberg by making inquiries into the ways in which Stoltenberg conceptualizes and communicates terminology relating […]
November 30, 2015

Pt. 2,The Sex/Gender Binary: Essentialism

Radical feminist John Stoltenberg responds to transgender feminist Cristan Williams‘ essay by recounting the way in which their conversation began and reviews the way he and Andrea […]
November 27, 2015

Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: An Interview With Catharine A. MacKinnon

Catharine A. MacKinnon questions the presumed unconstructed nature of sex, gender and sexuality while considering the language and concepts within trans feminist and sex essentialist discourse. […]
November 28, 2015

Gender Performance: An interview with Judith Butler

Gender theorist Judith Butler is interviewed and her concept of gender performativity is compared and contrasted to sex essentialist ideologies. Specifically, Butler addresses the work of Sheila Jeffreys and […]

A Note from the Turf War Zone: Second Wave Erasure

Please note that in this opinion piece, I am speaking only for myself; but at times I use “we” to say that I am speaking in the […]
May 12, 2017

Talking Dworkin with trans folks who were taught to hate her

I’m sharing this Reddit conversation since it covers the way trans people were taught to view Andrea Dworkin (and radical feminists, in general). In response to […]

Supportive Partnerships

If you would like to learn how your group or organization can support making an inclusive and intersectional radical feminist tradition more accessible, please contact us for more information. The following groups and organizations make this project possible: