What feminist books do/would you encourage your teen dds to read?

(15 Posts)
Sadik Wed 02-Mar-16 10:06:28

So far I've given DD Delusions of Gender & Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In (which isn't perfect, but I think a positive read for a teen girl), both of which she's read and enjoyed. Interested in any other suggestions that might appeal.

(Come to that, if I had a DS, I'd give him Delusions of Gender too, but I only have a dd!)

Edeline Wed 02-Mar-16 10:23:00

How old is your dd? The Handmaids Tale is a thought provoking read, but has a few (non gratuitous) sex scenes, so might not be suitable for younger teens. The Vagenda is a recent book that I loved that is especially relevant for older teens, as it discusses sexism in porn and the media, but again, might be a bit much for an 11 year old.

Sadik Wed 02-Mar-16 10:28:51

She's 13 about to be 14. I think probably a bit young atm for the Handmaid's Tale / Woman on the Edge of Time etc, but I'm thinking about books for as she gets older anyway.

I'll look out for The Vagenda (for me in the short term)

MissAlabamaWhitman Wed 02-Mar-16 21:59:54

Wife work by Susan Mushart

BarefootAcrossHotLegoPieces Wed 02-Mar-16 22:09:35

The Cleft by Doris Lessing? I'm crap with ages though.

Try amightygirl

BarefootAcrossHotLegoPieces Wed 02-Mar-16 22:10:00

Eve was Framed
The Gift of Fear

annandale Wed 02-Mar-16 22:11:35

I would have some of these books on a bookshelf that is in her sights but would not necessarily give them directly to her at this age. Apart from anything else they are mostly from a while ago...

Our Bodies Ourselves by the Boston Women's Health Collective (most recent edition 2011)
Against Our Will by Susan Brownmuller
Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

NuggetofPurestGreen Wed 02-Mar-16 22:14:49

Sadik not sure if you are looking for fiction but 'only ever yours' by Louise O'Neill is an updated version of Handmaids Tale for YA audience. Also her follow up Asking for It (about an 18 year old that is raped) is very powerful and I think an important book for everyone to read - but not sure your DD is old enough?

NuggetofPurestGreen Wed 02-Mar-16 22:16:29

The latter was explicit descriptions of the rapes so might be too much.

Movingonmymind Thu 03-Mar-16 10:30:58

Why is this just for dds? My dses have both read 'Long Walk to Freeodm' and are not black. If I could get him to read, would chuck a few of these at my elder son, meanwhile youngest Is quite interested. Second Eve was Framed, Lean In, also Body Myth, Life After birth, Bitch things like Virago Women Travellers..

Movingonmymind Thu 03-Mar-16 10:32:07

Beauty Myth is what I meant, Naomi Wolf.

Sadik Thu 03-Mar-16 11:36:38

Moving - I would give to a ds, but I don't have one!

Movingonmymind Thu 03-Mar-16 12:01:30

Fair point! Guess was making a general point, think it's crucial to engage boys and young men in this too as far as possible.

I used to read Cynthia Heimel. She's a but more geared to late teens/early 20s, because of all the "sex tips" (really, only a portion of her musings) but what I liked about her, and think is relevant to a young teenager, was her antidote to traditional "here's how to be a woman/please a man" shite we're all still getting too much of, and her focus on standards-setting, which are good things for girls (and boys, yes) to learn at that age. And she's bloody funny!

I've heard that schools are going to start doing The Freedom Programme as part of PHSE - is this true?

turkeyboots Thu 03-Mar-16 12:23:25

If she likes sci-fi or fantasy, Sheri S. Tepper is a great author who looks at everything from a feminist viewpoint. Grass is one of my favorite books ever.

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