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What is the definitive feminist tract?

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MrsWembley Mon 03-Nov-14 22:39:11

Fiction, that is!

Well, what is it for you? Curious minds want to know...

bunchoffives Tue 04-Nov-14 00:42:50

Kate Millet Sexual Politics? Oh hang on that's not fiction....
The Women's Room Marilyn French?
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood?
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou?

hackmum Tue 04-Nov-14 08:31:00

The Maya Angelou isn't fiction either, bunchoffives. smile

I would say The Women's Room, though it's a long time since I've read it. For a while in the 70s Fear of Flying was regarded as a feminist book, but I'm not sure it is really.

MrsWembley Wed 05-Nov-14 02:09:33

That's a good start, books I've actually heard of!grin

Thank-you. Any more?

MrsWembley Wed 05-Nov-14 14:13:35

Bumping for the afternoon crowd!

MollyMaDurga Fri 07-Nov-14 15:42:10

Classic: the golden notebook?
Been ages since I read it though and can't remeber much of it, so maybe well off the mark!

Apart from that, I would doubt that there is one such thing, the definite tract I mean.. different times andtastes, lives and priorities and all that stuff. We is a mixed bunch of all sorts, right?

hackmum Fri 07-Nov-14 17:22:01

Oh yes, The Golden Notebook is excellent. Lessing always denied it was a feminist book, though. Mind you, she was quite a contrary sort of person.

Alchemist Sun 09-Nov-14 20:23:34

Marge Piercy is an amazing feminist writer - Vida is excellent.

She does write some space-age sort of stuff. I'm glad I read Vida before I read Woman on the edge of time. It was shite.

Margaret Atwood, Lisa Alter, Fay Weldon.

cruikshank Sun 09-Nov-14 20:26:19

Fay Weldon gets on my teats. She makes some good points, but boy does she like to hammer them home.

I would say The Women's Room is the one that really got me to wake up, although that might have been due to the age I was when I read it (late teens - everything's a bit more 'intense' then).

MrsWembley Sun 09-Nov-14 23:11:16

Thank-you for all these suggestions. Keep 'em coming...

hackmum Mon 10-Nov-14 08:33:56

I really liked both Marge Piercey and Lisa Alther back in the 80s, esp. Vida (Piercey) and Kingflicks (Alther). No idea what I'd make of them now!

I think you could make a case for Margaret Drabble as a feminist writer - some of the early stuff like The Millstone is very good. And so much of Lessing is good about the female experience - the Martha Quest series in particular.

Margaret Atwood's writing about women is wonderful - my personal favourite is Alias Grace.

But if it's pure polemic you're looking for, then, as I said earlier, it has to be The Women's Room. But I'm not sure fiction should be polemical.

MrsWembley Mon 10-Nov-14 21:35:50

Any opinions about The Group?

Alchemist Mon 10-Nov-14 22:50:14

hackmum I have both books still, do you fancy a Kinflicks reread? Or Vida?

<bit giddy>

Alchemist Mon 10-Nov-14 22:51:39

Who is the author of The Group?

FrancesHB Mon 10-Nov-14 22:56:51

For me it's always The Women's Room.

I didn't get on with the golden notebook.

FrancesHB Mon 10-Nov-14 22:58:05

The Group is by Mary McCarthy. It's well worth reading and v ahead of its time.

MrsWembley Mon 10-Nov-14 23:00:50

Sorry, had to go check - Mary McCarthy.

MrsWembley Mon 10-Nov-14 23:01:25

Arghhhhhh! X-posts! Thank-yougrin

Alchemist Mon 10-Nov-14 23:03:09

Thank you and will give it a read.

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