Whether you are an avid feminist reader, a fiction lover looking for something a little different, or a new comer to reading, my five star feminism finds are just what you need.
The years I have dedicated to reading and researching the feminist movement, women’s rights, women’s health and gendered linguistics, have exposed me to some incredible books and publications. Today I share with you my top five feminist reads to date! and trust me… there were quite a few to choose from.
This is how we Come Back Stronger
Feminist Writers on Turning Crisis into Change. Edited by the Feminist Book Society.
This is a collection of essays about the shit storm that was 2020. Taking into account all different situations women found themselves in when a global pandemic hit. This collection includes essays, poems, anecdotes, interviews and fiction pieces from a diverse range of feminist authors.
I think everyone can relate to at least one chapter of this book, if not more, on how we felt last year. The Feminist Book Society have brought so many female voices to the surface, especially BIPOC and working class women.
This was published by And Other Stories Publishing. I really loved this! Get yours here https://www.andotherstories.org/this-is-how/
Ideas in Profile – by Deborah Cameron
This was the first book I ever bought about feminism, where my journey to my passion started! I owe Deborah Cameron a lifetime of debt for her work on language and gender. I don’t think I’d be who I am had I not discovered her.
This book introduces ideas about how the sexes use language, how women use certain features and research into why. Cameron quotes other academics in her work and addressed feminist issues like how women can be at a disadvantage because of their language features. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is simply fantastic.
Men Who Hate Women
From Incels to Pickup Artists, The Truth about Extreme Misogyny and How It Affects Us All – by Laura Bates
My knowledge of incels was brief before I read this, I didn’t really see them as a problem or really even think they were real. Bates has educated me on the terrifying thought that these men live among us, on our streets, in our workplaces and public spaces.
Her writing talent is effortless, she educates, thought provokes and researches so well. I had to pick up my jaw from the floor a few times.
This book is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading, I think you need to add it to your TBR pile right now!
How The Pill Changes Everything
Your Brain on Birth Control – by Dr Sarah E. Hill
This book has changed my life. It has brought ideas and questions not only about the pill, but about females place in society, male privilege, the lack of funding for women’s health research and more. It has taught me that I am my hormones… which is a weird thought.
It brings up a conversation that we as girls are given the pill at as young as 13 and 14 years old, for anything. I certainly didn’t even have to ask for it. Did you?
This book is shocking, education, thought provoking and at times quite hilarious! There is some mind-blowing academia regarding sex, arousal, relationships, depression, divorce, careers, strip clubs and of course the smell of the female armpit……. wait what?
Please buy this book and read it, it is truly amazing…. BLOODY LOVED IT.
A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language – by Amanda Montell
This is by far the best book I have read on feminism and linguistics. Montell is witty, educational and simply exceptional in this book. She explains the steps we can take to stop the patriarchy adopting our language, how we have already started to reclaim words originally make to oppress us and how to use language for good causes.
Although this seems like a niche subject, and I did use this among my final year university assignments, this book can be and is enjoyed by non-specialists. Montell uses simple language to explain complex ideas so cleverly, so that anyone can read this. The best in its category in my opinion!
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