2012 Non-Fiction Feminist Book Club Suggestion Thread!

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 04-Oct-11 21:14:40

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 04-Oct-11 21:17:28

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PrideOfChanur Wed 05-Oct-11 07:38:02

Did the September Book Club,Dworkin's Intercourse,actually happen?
I was reading it with a view to coming along,but got a bit stuck,then when I looked for the thread I couldn't find it.
Wondered if I was being stupid and missing something obvious!

(Stiffed is on my to-read list,so one vote for that!)

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 05-Oct-11 08:11:36

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PrideOfChanur Thu 06-Oct-11 07:34:04

I would like to hear other people's opinions on it.Currently I am 1/2 way through,and of all the "feminist" books I've read so far this is the only one that has left me feeling confused.Or possibly biscuit
I think I may be missing the point...

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 06-Oct-11 07:47:43

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PrideOfChanur Thu 06-Oct-11 09:59:16

That'd be good for me,assuming other posters are also reading it and want to reschedule.
Thanks,SGM!

PrideOfChanur Thu 06-Oct-11 10:04:41

I'd also like to to read Gender Trouble,by Judith Butler.Would anyone else be interested in that?

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 06-Oct-11 10:14:37

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PrideOfChanur Thu 06-Oct-11 11:09:33

grin
I did wonder if it would be a bit too much. Maybe a page at a time,with breaks?
<passes SGM nice clean hanky>

I do have Letters From a Fainthearted Feminist,by Jill Tweedie,but I'm not sure if that counts as a feminist text.....

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 06-Oct-11 12:43:45

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SweetTheSting Thu 06-Oct-11 14:35:41

I would second (third?) rescheduling Dworkin to January. I had only managed to read a few pages by the time of the club but I saw no-one else had commented anyway so I stopped reading blush also got a bit obsessed with my Kindle grin!

PrideOfChanur Fri 07-Oct-11 07:32:20

Is there a new Kat Banyard book? Couldn't find any info when I did a quick search,do you have details SGM?
I was also considering Shattered but I wasn't sure - the subject has been discussed so much on MN anyway.

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 07-Oct-11 07:40:02

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PrideOfChanur Fri 07-Oct-11 09:00:10

Now I'm desperate to read it to see just how anti-feminist it is,and where you feature! (I shall compromise and get it from the library)
I was trawling Amazon yesterday and put Eve was Framed on my wishlist,so I'd vote for that too,And the Dorothy Dinnerstein sounds interesting.
In fact I am prepared to read pretty much anything,but I'm not that good at converting my thoughts on what I've read into discussion/posts - is anyone else out there with an opinion?
It seems a bit quiet here,or is there discussion going on elsewhere too?

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 07-Oct-11 11:44:48

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StewieGriffinsMom Fri 07-Oct-11 13:59:29

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PrideOfChanur Fri 07-Oct-11 14:30:54

I'll give it a miss then - the book,not the rest...
I'd like to join the FB group but I'm not on Facebook,I was working up to joining,so will prob.do after my hols,and PM you then.
Thanks!
2012 seems eons away in some ways,but I am very aware the time'll fly by in RL.

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 07-Oct-11 18:31:48

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PrideOfChanur Sun 09-Oct-11 10:49:58

I've not read a Room of One's Own,Virginia Woolf.Could I suggest that as well?

StewieGriffinsMom Sun 09-Oct-11 10:52:30

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PrideOfChanur Sun 09-Oct-11 11:07:38

I was thinking of it as non-fiction,but as I'm only going on what I've read about it,rather than from having actually read it.It isn't a novel,is it?
I was thinking about suggesting something by Virginia Woolf for fiction as well...
<realises all current posts in Feminist section are about books,which seems wrong somehow blush >

AlysWorld Mon 10-Oct-11 21:32:04

That one, what's it called... ah Radically Speaking, eds. Bell and Klein

And that Walby Future of Feminism one.

And maybe Riot Grrrl: Revolution Girl Style Now.

(But do bear in mind I am a highly unreliable actual book club joiner inner grin)

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 11-Oct-11 08:13:22

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 11-Oct-11 09:57:07

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PrideOfChanur Wed 12-Oct-11 07:33:16

Now I've looked at Radically Speaking on Amazon,looks good and funny and I want to read it now...this is not good as I am trying to curb my book buying.
Anne Fausto-Stirling is on my to-read list.

The "Ryan Gosling Feminist" blog is v.funny!

Prolesworth Wed 12-Oct-11 11:22:44

I've got Radically Speaking too but I've only read bits of it: do you think it's too huge to lend itself to book club discussion (unless broken down into sections, maybe)?

I know we've already had Mary Daly's Gyn/Ecology, but for one reason or another there was no discussion so it would be great if we could reschedule it. A Very Important Book imo

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 12-Oct-11 11:33:08

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PrideOfChanur Wed 12-Oct-11 15:54:53

I've just acquired Gyn/Ecology,and would love to discuss it.Please reschedule plenty ahead ,SGM - I think it's going to take me a while to read and to take it in...

I did wonder if participating in the MN Feminist book club might be the ideal way to pass a transatlantic flight,if you could get the internet - perhaps not with young DCs though!

SinicalSal Wed 12-Oct-11 16:03:06

I can't believe it's been going since Apr 2010. Every month I promise I'll get in gear, read the book and participate and it still hasn't happened. blush

Prolesworth Wed 12-Oct-11 16:35:54

I'm just wondering if Gyn/Ecology might be better as an ongoing reading group sort of arrangement rather than a one off discussion. It's a long book and not one you can race through in a month really (well, you could, but it feels to me like the sort of book that needs to be read slowly and reflected on at leisure, iyswim?)

PrideOfChanur Wed 12-Oct-11 16:48:38

That might be a good idea,Prolesworth,I'd be interested in that if other people were.
I read some of Beyond God the Father (I'm hoping to start again for the November book club,but my book is taking forever to arrive - got it from the library 1st time),I found it interesting and wanted to finish,but I also found her style of writing hard to read,on top of thinking about what she was actually saying.

PrideOfChanur Wed 12-Oct-11 16:53:40

I was also going to say it isn't either fairly short and extremely readable like Living Dolls or The Equality Illusion,or a one issue book like Against Our Will/Wifework which I think are easier to cover in a one off discussion.(if that makes sense)

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 12-Oct-11 18:01:27

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Prolesworth Wed 12-Oct-11 19:12:47

That makes total sense Pride: some texts lend themselves to the monthly book group format much better than others, don't they?

Mary Daly and stuff like Kate Millett's Sexual Politics are huge, important texts that need more time to digest and to discuss I think. Shall we start up a thread for Gyn/Ecology then? Or we could start off with Beyond God The Father? We could do one chapter per fortnight maybe?

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 12-Oct-11 19:30:31

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AlysWorld Wed 12-Oct-11 21:01:18

Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Militant Feminist by Dworkin is meant to be an eas[ier] read. And it's on Kindle grin

Prolesworth Wed 12-Oct-11 21:02:50

Sounds like a plan SGM!

I think we did Heartbreak last year didn't we?

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 12-Oct-11 21:07:52

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AlysWorld Wed 12-Oct-11 21:39:43

Is it good?

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 12-Oct-11 21:59:46

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Prolesworth Wed 12-Oct-11 22:06:33

Really good - I'd be up for reading it again. My thinking has changed and developed a lot since we discussed the book last time.

Prolesworth Thu 13-Oct-11 13:44:46

right, i've made a new thread for the proposed Mary Daly Reading Group - anyone interested in taking part come on over and put your two penn'orth in about how it would work best for you smile

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 13-Oct-11 17:29:31

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Prolesworth Thu 13-Oct-11 18:14:49

Yes, I'm sorry I didn't clock that BGTF is the November book club book confused

We could start this group off on the back of the November book club discussion then?

StewieGriffinsMom Thu 13-Oct-11 20:10:16

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Prolesworth Thu 13-Oct-11 20:54:58

No, that sounds like an excellent plan, thanks SGM!

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 14-Oct-11 11:12:19

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Prolesworth Fri 14-Oct-11 11:51:30

Can we have Catharine MacKinnon's Are Women Human? for July 2012 please?

I read Misogynies recently - it's a brilliant one for book club I think because it covers such a range of topics from film to the way the police investigated the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

I have read and reviewed the Sylvia Walby book so it'll be interesting to hear what others think of it.

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 14-Oct-11 11:57:55

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StewieGriffinsMom Tue 07-Feb-12 15:45:43

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StewieGriffinsMom Fri 24-Feb-12 08:12:44

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madwomanintheattic Sat 25-Feb-12 19:44:52

<marking place>

Brendarose Sat 25-Feb-12 20:38:42

"Fat is a Feminist Issue" was a brilliant read!

SweetTheSting Mon 27-Feb-12 21:20:36

Ooh, a complete list, well done!

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 28-Feb-12 22:36:34

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