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I want some feminist Xmas books. Any recommendations?

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oranges Thu 02-Dec-10 09:37:03

I'vve got my eye on Women of the Revolution, by Kira Cochrane.
Any other suggestions? Of novels or non fiction? I'm going to go back to work ft after maternity leave next year so want to get my head around motherhood, finances and work from a feminist perspective.

RamblingRosa Thu 02-Dec-10 09:46:01

I'm reading the Equality Illusion by Kat Bayard at the moment and I'd highly recommend it.

AliceWorld Thu 02-Dec-10 11:10:30

Women's room - Marilyn French

Margaret Atwood stuff

That women of the revolution looks good - not heard of it before. Its now on my wish list - thanks oranges.

smallwhitecat Thu 02-Dec-10 11:15:03

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oranges Thu 02-Dec-10 11:42:30

Thank you! I just looked up a review of The Women;s room here here and it sounds grim, but may be a useful reminder of just why I'm battling into work each day.

RamblingRosa Thu 02-Dec-10 12:03:47

The Women's Room is good. Not too grim. It's a novel rather whereas the Kira Cochrane and Kat Banyard are non-fiction. Depends what you're after.

oranges Thu 02-Dec-10 12:16:02

Im after both novels and non fiction really. The Kat Baynard looks good too. I need a book that's going to get me riled up.

I've read most Margaret Atwood stuff I think already. I

AliceWorld Thu 02-Dec-10 12:17:40

That review makes it sound grimer than it is I'd say. It did make me cry, but then I cry at TV/books a lot. I'd say it's a really important book, a feminist classic, eye opening and emotional, and I do remember cheering her on as well as feeling sad. Alas it kind of goes with the territory as feminist books are highlighting what's wrong. I really enjoyed reading it - it's not all grim.

There aren't so many novels about as the non-fiction ones.

AliceWorld Thu 02-Dec-10 12:19:27

Here's a list from the f word for you. If you buy through them they get money.

AliceWorld Thu 02-Dec-10 12:24:52

Another novel I read, which is pretty grim, was 3,096 days by Natascha Kampusch. The reason I read it was because I was interested in how she had been demonised for not representing her kidnapping as black and white, evil kidnapper, poor victim, and instead engaged with the complexity of the relationship and how it reflected on broader societal attitudes towards women. Not about working but a novel that I think links with feminist discussion. It is grim though, made me cry and awful lot, but cheer too.

RamblingRosa Thu 02-Dec-10 20:54:53

Women's Room made me cry too. I have to say I wasn't overwhelmed by it as a piece of literature but I was really moved by it as a feminist polemic and as a description of so many women's lives (even though it's set in the 60s and 70s, so much of it is still so relevant to us as women today).

I reckon Kat Banyard would be a good starting point to get you riled up! You might like Living Dolls too (although, IIRC, that's more about porn culture/sexualisation of girls and less about discrimination against women in the world of work/gender pay gap/glass ceiling/maternity rights etc).

Stangirl Wed 08-Dec-10 15:12:49

Angela Carter's Book of Wayward Girls and Wicked Women

Ormirian Wed 08-Dec-10 15:13:48

Marge Peircey.

SkaterGrrrrl Thu 09-Dec-10 19:35:22

The Beauty Myth.

The Penelopiad.

oranges Fri 10-Dec-10 08:49:43

Fab, thanks. I've now got a great Amazon wishlist.

David51 Mon 20-Dec-10 17:19:36

Not sure if this counts as 'feminist' but am currently re-reading A Brief History of Misogyny by Patrick Holland.

Shocking/fascinating stuff & very well written

www.amazon.co.uk/Brief-History-Misogyny-Histories/ dp/1845293711/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1292865432&sr =1-4

earwicga Mon 20-Dec-10 22:09:10

Anything by Eve Ensler.

msrisotto Tue 21-Dec-10 08:49:58

Living Dolls & Delusions of Gender.

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