If you’re anything like us and you’re meant to watch less and read more, consider this welcome tip you need. With so many types of books to try from historical fiction to blood-thinning thrillers, it can be hard to find the perfect novel in which to sink your teeth. Sometimes all our minds really need is educational rejuvenation, teaching us the important issues that really matter to us. In our current turbulent political climate, paying attention to the issues women face has never been more important.
Whether you are trying to learn more about reproductive rights, mental health, consent, or a completely different topic, a book worth its salt is the perfect starting point. If you decide it’s time to learn more about feminism, we’ve rounded up 10 essential readings to help guide your journey.
Most of these readings will give you background on a file Feminist historyOthers talk more focused on the modern female experience. Mostly, they focus on the topic of intersectionality, delving into how white feminist leaders ignore or oppress women of color or women from other marginalized groups. You’ll also find personal articles about fighting patriarchy that may inspire you to dig deeper. So with all that said, happy feminist read, we hope it sparks a desire to take some action and fight the good stuff.
Based on two Virginia Woolf lectures, closing here is the idea that women are by nature less talented than men. A close examination of some of the structures that oppressed (and continue to oppress) women’s lives, including domestic labor and access to education.
As a professor and Indigenous woman, Eileen Moreton Robertson researches Western conceptions of feminism. As a Goenpul woman of the Quandamooka people, she studies how white feminists in Australia consistently ignore or misrepresent Aboriginal women in their findings and teachings on the subject. A necessary and important lesson that we can all get to know better.
Not the longest read, but each sentence deserves its weight in historical and educational gold. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains why feminism is for all people, of any race and gender. According to the Tedx talk of the same name, a pocket-sized book is the perfect entryway to the movement.
The meaning of feminism means very little without discussing intersectionality. Here Mikki Kendall gives us a comprehensive understanding of this topic, reminding us that we must acknowledge barriers such as education, violence, hunger, medical care, and more.
Have you ever looked at the conditioning you received and realized how messed it really was? So this book is a must. Melissa Phebus here analyzes the messages that have been sent to the girls and how they can strive to regain their power and agency. Investigative notes, you’ll want to put these ideas into good work.
In this collection of witty and candid essays, cultural critic Roxanne Gay pushes for the idea of ”imperfect feminism.” Jay discusses problematic culture, and the many ways in which symbolic and negative media affect women of color. A fascinating and insightful look into feminism from our current cultural lens.
Best known for coining the term human interpretation, Rebecca Solnit has written a collection of pointed articles delving into the modern feminist psyche. From explaining your own experiences to you to equalizing opportunities for women, her candid candor is a welcome comment on the current female experience.
A semi-autobiographical tale about a woman’s descent into a metallic disease in the 1950s, bell jar A vital part of any upcoming feminist reading experience. A poetic exhilaration of wisdom, Sylvia Plath embodies the desire, disappointment, and fear of being young, confused, and restricted by the rules of a patriarchal society. This is just a classic feminist prose piece that everyone should read.
A feminist activist of the social media generation, after the success of her first book of poems, Ruby Kaur cemented herself as a true narrator of the inner female experience. Her second anthology of short poetry, The sun and its flowers He talks about overcoming a personal experience of sexual abuse and finding a way back to loving herself again. Kaur talks about her privilege to be free, while addressing a number of feminist issues.
If you’re like us, you’re a fan of feminist fairy tale storytelling blood chamber It is the perfect entry point. As the central character of the concept, Angela Carter’s 1979 collection of short stories produced an entire sub-genre. The tales include the vile Little Red Riding Hood, the otherworldly sleeping beauty, and the beauty turning into a beast. Her stories remain among the purest examples of style and an intelligent spin on the feminist experience.