Hello and Welcome Back! Today I am going to share with you my favourite Feminism books, that you have to read! Before we get started, I want to share with you how I define feminism.
For me, Feminism means wanting everyone regardless of gender to have the same opportunities (social and economic) and the right to decide what to do with their life. In turn allowing them to reach their full potential.
I am interested to hear how you would define Feminism and what it means to you?
So here are my favourite Feminism books. I hope to inspire you to give one or two or even all of them a read.
The Noughtie Girls Guide to Feminism by Ellie Levenson
This was the first book I read about Feminism. Before reading this book I had heard of Feminism but didn’t really understand what it was. It was easy to read as the language was accessible and each concept was explained clearly. The topics covered included, marriage, beauty, work and children. Mostly in the modern day but also in the context of the history of feminism. There is a mix of fact and Ellie’s opinion making it informative and yet personal. It is the perfect introduction into Modern Feminism.
The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Francis-White
The Guilty Feminist podcast is one of my favourite podcasts of all time. As not only does it discuss feminism in an accessible way. They also aren’t afraid to discuss the big topics such as Brexit and Refugee Crisis.
This book is basically all the best elements of the Guilty Feminist podcast in writing. It is funny yet informative. The whole book, much like the podcast, is inclusive and focuses on intersectionality. Some Guilty Feminist guests also discuss feminist topics from their perspective. Such as Susan Wokoma, a black women, Reubs Walsh, a transwoman and Hannah Gadsby a lesbian who grew up in Tasmania at the time, where it was being debated whether being gay should be legal. Hannah’s section particularly stood out to me. As I had never really thought about how gay right debates particularly on the against side can be damaging for gay children to hear.
Something unique about this book is that Deborah discusses the importance of individual female confidence for the feminist movement. As it allows us to have the confidence to say no and speak up for ourselves and others.
Deborah also made an important and interesting point about not being afraid to misspeak. As it is better to discuss the important issues, make a mistake, learn and apologise for that mistake than not speak about the issues at all.
This book was powerful yet funny as it was well researched and had clearly structured arguments throughout. It made me reflect and feel ready to take action.
Girl Up by Laura Bates
Girl Up is definitely aimed at a young adult audience but I still loved reading it at 22 years old. Laura, through out the book uses chatty language, making it easy to understand the feminist issues she discusses. She also uses bullet points to break up the discussion into bite size chunks. A refreshing part of her writing is her use of inclusive language. Such as “presenting female” to include those who identify as female.
I do wish I had this book as a teenager as I feel like it is an advice book from a feminist perspective. Covering topics such as owning your space, speaking up when you have something to say, through to the more poignant issues such as mental health and sexual assault. As well as where to go for further help. Such as BEAT for eating disorders.
Laura also compared noticing sexism to be like putting on 3D glasses in the cinema. It is there all the time but until someone points it out to you it often goes unnoticed. Which is why some people say sexism doesn’t exist and for me, why it is important to keep reading Feminism books.
A final point for this book. There are surprise dancing vaginas through out so be careful reading this on the bus!
Roar by Cecelia Ahern
This book is the only fiction book on this list. It reminds me of the kids book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo but for grown ups. Each story is only a chapter long but you feel instantly connected to each character.
Each character focuses on a different pressure or stereotype women face in a patriarchal society. Including the pressure to stay looking young, being a trophy wife, being a female immigrant and a mother returning to work. Each story is thought provoking.
Overall, Cecelia introduces a new way to understand and explore feminist topics through fiction.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my top Feminism books. Do you have any that I have missed off? I am always looking for new books to read.
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