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Starting at a prestigious Australian private girls’ school, fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein is confronted with an alienating social hierarchy that hurls her into the arms of her grade’s most radical feminists. Plagued by fantasies of offensive sexual stereotypes and a psychotherapist mother who thinks bum-pinching is fine if it comes from the heart chakra, Ziggy sets off on a journey of self-discovery that moves from the Sydney drag scene to the extremist underbelly of the internet to the coastal bohemia of a long-dissolved matriarchal cult.
As PC culture collides with her friends’ morphing ideology and her parents’ kinky sex life, Ziggy’s understanding of gender, race, and class begins to warp. Ostracized at school, she seeks refuge in Donna Haraway’s seminal feminist text “A Cyborg Manifesto” and discovers an indisputable alternative identity. Or so she thinks. A controversial Indian guru, a mean clique of blondes known as the Cates, and her own Holocaust-surviving grandmother propel Ziggy through a series of misidentifications, culminating in a date-rape revenge plot so confused it just might work.
Uproariously funny, but written with extraordinary acuity about the intersections of gender, sexual politics, race, and technology, Inappropriation is a wildly irreverent take on the coming-of-age story that turns a search for belonging into a riotous satire of identity politics. With a deft finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist, Lexi Freiman debuts on the literary scene as a brilliant and fearless new talent.