I have been very active on a couple of Dorries threads today and feel like I've rediscovered a muscle I've forgotten I have. It's called feminism. I mean, I've always been a feminist, but I haven't been engaging with the world that way, I haven't been active and I haven't been fighting for my rights. That changes now.
But I feel like it's been years since I properly thought about any of that stuff so can I ask others to recommend some books, websites etc that I could have a look at? And if I start posting here will you be gentle with me
It's hard to believe the book is 24 years old now, but one of the best not-too-challenging, riotously funny but amazingly incisive books on feminism I've found is Sally Cline and Dale Spender's Reflecting Men at Twice Their Natural Size. The cartoons are amazing as well.
Despite being so old, sadly most of the issues within it are still relevant today.
Another big thumbs up for Cordelia Fine's "Delusions of Gender" and Natasha Walter's "Living Dolls." I agree that "Backlash" by Susan Faludi has also aged well, but probably needs an update to include the influence of internet, digital media, etc.
I'm a huge fan of John Stoltenberg, but he can be a bit "heavy going" at times.
I remember not being terribly fond of some of the "Third Wave" writing, like Katy Roiphe's "Morning After" and Natasha Walter's "The New Feminism," because I thought they were a little too optimistic about the gains of feminism - a bit too, "we can rest on our laurels a now," in tone. Interestingly, Walter admits as much in "Living Dolls" about her earlier book.