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Feminist Books

Feminist literature has an on-going role in informing and shaping views on feminism and sharing the stories of those who are feminists both past and present. Knowledge is power, get reading!

 

Below are some of the best feminist books we recommend:

‘Bad Feminist’ by Roxanne Gay

A laugh-out-loud, personal essay collection that discusses what it means to be a feminist, but still being able to love things that 'real' feminists are told not to like - such as pink.


‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin

A seductive and emersive story of a young woman's awakening of her desire's and passions in her search for self discovery.


‘How to Make Love like a Porn Star’ by Jenna Jameson

An in-depth look into the sex work industry, fame, domestic abuse and personal struggle, told by prolific porn star Jenna Jameson, that will break your heart and make you feel like you can achieve anything, no matter what you have.


‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf

An essay that explores the restrictrions placed on women, particularly writers, due to not having financial freedom - as women have to rely on their father's or husbands for money. The famous work examines the ability of women to be creative, productive and contributors to the world, addressing the limitations that past and present women face.


‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

After the sobering death of her mother, and breakdown od her marriage, Cheryl drops everything to trek the PCT in Californian and Oregon - alone. With no actual experience and overwhelming grief, Cheryl's intuition and determination make up a brual memoir of strength and capture the difficulties life throws at us make us better.


‘How to be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran

In a hilarious tale of her own life as a woman, and the world, this memoir delves into questioning where feminism comes from, and why they are important to everyone.


‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Betty Frieden

Brought about by the power of Second Wave Feminism, The Feminine Mystique debates against strict social conventions and gender stereotypes women are subject to, challenging the conforming expectations of being a nothing more than the pretty housewife society tells women to be.


‘The Beauty Myth’ by Naomi Wolf

Widely acclaimed, this book exposes the tyranny of submissing to the obsession with beauty, and having to be physically moulded by what society expects.


‘I Call Myself a Feminist’ by Victoria Pepe

Twenty-five under thirty year old woman are asking about their perception of feminism, hilarity ensues with a witty discussion of the varied experience of what it means to be a feminist.


‘Girls will be Girls’ by Emer O’Toole

 A thought-provoking memoir on what it means to 'act like a girl', in how you dress, behave, what you say, how you approach sexuality and challenges the very concept of gender.


‘Damned Whores and God’s Police’ by Anne Summers

A historical bible of Australian feminism, employing factual and personal evidence of discrimination in employment, politics and other areas of society - an informative and confronting academic piece on how far Australia has come in gender equality, and how far it has to go.


 ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Elena Ferrante

A journey of female friendship that lasts a lifetime, Elena and Lila navigate their lives in Naples as poor girls who rely on each other for strength, but also are wary of destroying each other.


‘Female Chauvinist Pigs’ by Arial Levy

Tearing apart the concept of 'empowered women' - that are promiscuos, sexual and on display,


‘Redefining Realness’ by Janet Mock

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.


‘Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman’ by Lindy West

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny.


‘Sex Object’ by Jessica Valenti

Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives, from the everyday to the existential.


‘Men Explain Things to Me’ by Rebecca Sonit

In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit takes on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. 


‘We Should All Be Feminists' by Chimananda Ngozi

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.


‘Full Frontal Feminism’ by Jessica Valenti

Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com.


‘The Purity Myth’ by Jessica Valenti

The United States is obsessed with virginity — from the media to schools to government agencies. InThe Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti argues that the country’s intense focus on chastity is damaging to young women.


Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape’ by Jaclyn Friedman

In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure


Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center’ by Bell Hooks

An Interview with Bell Hooks, author of Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics


'Delusions of Gender' by Cordelia Fine

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. 


 

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