My Feminist Reading Recommendations
January 26, 2011 by Amy
I was having lunch with friends recently when The Politician was mentioned. One of my friend’s had read it on the other’s recommendation. They were trying to persuade me to read it. My well-intentioned but mistaken friend said “I know cause you’re a feminist you’ll hate this and get up and leave, but” and then said that reading The Politician, he understood why John Edwards cheated on Elizabeth. Not that my friend agreed with that, mind you, but he understood it.
It wasn’t his assessment of Edwards’ infidelity but rather the statement preceding this argument that irked me. With that in mind, I sent my well-intentioned but misinformed friend a list of my feminist reading recommendations. Here they are, with Nook links when available, since he has a nook:
If you only read one, read this one
Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks
It’s the “ever met someone who misunderstands feminism and needs a short, accessible introduction” book.
Some of my favorites
The Means of Reproduction by Michelle Goldberg
This was one of my favorite books of the year; one of those that I borrowed from the library but loved so much I had to buy my own copy
Big Girls Don’t Cry by Rebecca Traister
Ditto. Not my favorite title or cover art, but it’s about the 2008 election and I’m loving it.
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Not really feminism, per se, but one of the best books of the year. I lead a book group discussion on this.
On my To Read List
When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
Women & Writing
A Bookshelf of Our Own edited by Deborah Felder
A great collection of writings by and about women that were influential, from feudal Japan to the present
Feminism & Pop culture
BITCHFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler
From Bitch Magazine, which is awesome
Feminism & Judaism
Yentl’s Revenge edited by Danya Ruttenberg
Collection of essays about women, feminism and Judaism
Feminism for Young Women
Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
Valenti is about my age, founder of the blog feministing.com and a generally awesome feminist voice for my generation. Her book The Purity Myth is also on my to read list.
Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft by Lyndall Gordon
She wrote Vindication of the Rights of Women, arguing for the education of girls, and was mother of Mary Shelley (Frankenstein). Remember all those facebook quizzes that would go around? One was something about which feminist thinker are you. I got Mary Wollstonecraft, an apt assessment.
I have a passion for suffrage history. A personal favorite is Founding Sisters by Eleanor Clift.