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Mookish Deity Most High

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Feminist Reading List


I realised recently that although I've identified as a feminist all my life, I've read very few books on feminism. So, in your opinion, which books are feminist must-reads?



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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, yo.

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What Spiggy said.

This is also very late-eighties, but it might be helpful to read both Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth and Camille Paglia's Sexual Personae.



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As an excellent primer, I'd go with A Little F'ed Up: Why Feminism is not a Dirty Word



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Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern

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I haven't got around to reading it yet, but the first EVER real 'feminist' text was Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Read that one first.

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"A Noughtie Girl's Guide to Feminism" by Ellie Levenson. She has a relaxed approach to feminism, and covers different issues in different chapters, it makes it very easy to read and think about.

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Thanks everyone!

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I am currently reading "women of the revolution: Forty years of feminism" Which covers from the 70s til now, a collection of articles/interviews put together from the guardian archives, it's damn good! Also, Greer, if you can stand to read her, I haven't ever got past the first chapter due to the transphobic undertones making me angry.

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You know those "Very Short Introduction to..." books? Well the one on feminism is a really good start. The Second Sex is a really hefty book, and although it's excellent, I wouldn't start with it if I were you.

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Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation. It's the best book I've ever read on feminism. It's a collection of short stories from different everyday feminists and I love love love it. Even my mom, who really isn't too into feminism, connected with a story in there. It's a very simple read and the kind of book you can read over and over again. My favourite book on feminism for sure, it was largely due to that book that I gained the courage to start calling myself a feminist :)

I also liked The Beauty Myth, but it's a bit heavier and also a bit outdated. A good read and not necessarily a BAD place to start, but not something I'd start with, personally.

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I'm currently reading Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, and it is REALLY GOOD. Neurosexism is my new favourite word!



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Picklechops wrote:

Also, Greer, if you can stand to read her, I haven't ever got past the first chapter due to the transphobic undertones making me angry.


 I've been avoiding Germaine Greer's work since I read an article about how she accused transsexuals of being delusional parodies of women, or something like that.

Anyhow, thanks folks. I'll be having a look at some of these as soon as I find my Waterstones card...



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Anything by bell hooks. :3

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'Full Frontal Feminism' by Jessica Valenti. Nice starting point, very easy to understand and quite a joy to read.

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I am honour-bound to recommend One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power. It is a very slim book but one of the most resounding texts I have ever read. Power's book deals with two major issues in feminist thought - the contentious issue of religious hijab, and the pornography industry. Using these two issues as a platform, she goes on to discuss consumerism, mass media, commodification of the body and the modern attitude to sexuality.

I'm also going to recommend a fiction title to you, Lightning Rods by Helen de Witt. I was genuinely completely confused about what to think about this. The 'lightning rods' of the book are women who are employed, in offices, to be anonymous fucks for the men in the office. No one knows who they are because they are indistuguishable from the 'normal' female workers... except they are secretly paid more. In the book, the 'lightning rods' bring down overall sexual harrassment statistics at work... but at what price? Some rods don't see it as a price - it's just something that their vaginas are doing whilst they earn extra money to, for example, pay for their tuition. For other women, who are either rods or who have boyfriends who use rods in the office, it ruins their lives.

For feminism that is hilarious, anti-elitist and engaging, there's always How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Don't be fooled by the title, it's very tongue-in-cheek.

Here is a quote from the book:

We need to reclaim the word 'feminism'. We need the word 'feminism' back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist - and only 42% of British women - I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of 'liberation for women' is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? 'Vogue' by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?

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Cunt by Inga Muscio is also one of my own personal favourites.

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Anything by bell hooks. :3


 Word. "Feminism is for everybody" is a great book to start on, and I think it's available for free online!



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Here it is!



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