We are pleased to announce that Professor Kathleen Stock’s new nonfiction title Material Girls – Why Reality Matters for Feminism has been acquired by Fleet, an imprint of Little, Brown. British and Commonwealth rights were sold to publisher Ursula Doyle by Caroline Hardman. Material Girls is a critique of the theory that we each have a gender identity, and that it is more socially and morally significant than our biological sex. It is set to be published in spring 2021 in hardback and ebook, with the paperback to follow.

According to Little, Brown: ‘Material Girls is a critique of the recently influential theory that each of us has a gender identity, which is socially and morally more significant than our biological sex. Professor Stock explores the philosophical roots of this new paradigm, making a clear and humane feminist case for naming material reality in a range of important contexts, including health, sport, the gathering of statistics, and women-only protected spaces and resources. She makes an impassioned case for an alternative route seeking to promote the interests of all.

Kathleen Stock is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex. She has written extensively on the nature of pretence, imagination, and fiction, for academic audiences. She is the author of Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017) and she has written several academic articles on the nature of sexual objectification from a feminist perspective. Spurred into action by the UK public consultation on gender law reform, she has written extensively for the general public on sex, gender, and women’s interests for The Economist, The Conversation, Quillette, Standpoint, and The Article. Kathleen has been interviewed in The Daily Telegraph, Times Higher Education, the German magazine Cicero, and the Danish daily newspaper Berlinske; and reported or discussed in the Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Spectator, and the New York Times.

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