Sunday, March 26, 2017

Your Syllabus For: Modern Feminism Reads

So we've come to the most recent years of feminism. There's been a lot of change these past few years, to say the least. I still don't know whether it counts as a new forth wave or not, but it has been exciting to watch. Thanks to this change, there have been a LOT of feminist books published these past five years. Here are just some of the highlights to read to get a good view of modern feminism:

I Am Malala: The Story of a Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Honestly, just read this one regardless of whether or not you're interested in feminism.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

There are issues surrounding this one, but it has been a big part of feminism for awhile now, so...

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano

Daily reminder: feminism is like all movements and not perfect. Read this book to learn how to make things better.

Angelou's Autobiographies: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

Anything by Kiersten White

Anything by Courtney Summers (particularly All the Rage)

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Otherwise known as the book that coined the term mansplaining. Which, is a real thing (seriously just spend ten minutes being a female in a geek space, you will get mansplained at least something), but has kind of gotten misused more and more recently, I feel.

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding

You Don't Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future (and other books) by A. S. King

Bitch Planet graphic novel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This tiny book explains feminism perfectly. Unfortunately the author just recently said some rather transphobic things so...her intersectional feminism definitely needs a lot of work. But that doesn't change the fact that the things said in here are important.

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Politt

Asking for It by Louise O'Neill

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

I Call Myself a Feminist: The View From Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty by various authors

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More by Janet Mock

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Start-Up Culture by Elissa Shevinsky

Lumberjanes graphic novel series

Ms. Marvel graphic novel series by G. Willow Wilson

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Also check out basically everything else she writes because Gay is awesome.

The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future by various authors

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

Some new releases from 2017 to check out:

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen and various authors

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Why I am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin-I've heard...very mixed things about this one, so I'd proceed with caution into it.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

Dear Ijeawele: Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nasty Women by various authors

We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

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