Women and Transgressive Literature

Men vs. Women Transgressive Writers

Why there's masculine dominance in Transgressive Fiction?

Self-censorship and gender

Self-censorship and social norms

Good Girl vs. Bad Girl

Conclusion: Female Identity

Simone de Beauvoir


Who we are as Transgressive Writers who happened to be a woman? We are the representations of a variety of "bad girls" in media: women who challenge, refuse, or transgress the patriarchal limits. Perhaps the first introduction of women into the Western cultural narrative was actually an introduction of transgressive women. But what is our place when it comes to Transgressive Fiction?


One of the first books that I've read and it cultivated the idea of Transgression against norms was Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. But little I knew there are novels and short stories written by her such as L’Invitée, Les Mandarins, Les Belles Images, and La Femme rompue. Holland in her book "Excess and Transgression in Simone de Beauvoir's Fiction" shows well that de Beauvoir's novels and short stories are frequently neglected. Holland shows that excess and transgression are intrinsic qualities of the texts, and argues that Beauvoir’s textual strategies duplicate madness in her fiction. After I read JANE by Riya Anne Polcastro, I realized that I don't read enough books by women writers myself (shame!). In fact, I can't name hardly any that I've drawn to read. So that's why I thought we need to talk about women writers in this genre...


Men vs. Women Transgressive Writers


As mentioned in my previous articles, Transgressive fiction mostly focuses on taboos, anything that can be against social norms and etiquettes. So I asked myself, does this put women more under the pressure of judgments than men? Taking a look at Goodread's "Best Transgressive Fiction" list, you can find only 9 women among the writers listed above. I created an excel sheet just in case.


And to embarrass myself, I summarize my knowledge of the mentioned writers in one chart:



Why there's masculine dominance in Transgressive Fiction?


Well, why is that? This is the question I'm looking to answer through research. Maybe men tend to write more? Maybe our unconscious bias impacts our choices on who we would want to read more as well as research shows, listeners tend to have a bias against female voices, even when they’re saying the same thing as a man. Could it be the possibility for such a difference? Is it because women self-censor more than men? If they do, why?


To answer such questions, I had to do some research on Gender-related Transgression. According to research, human activity is determined to a great extent by not only biological sex but also gender. I try to study gender by the