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Please can you recommend entertaining books by feminists?

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StealthPolarBear Sun 04-Sep-16 07:40:38

Not books about feminism as such (although I'd be happy with that) just a few good reads.

FeministRant Sun 04-Sep-16 07:53:10

Anything by Margaret Atwood. I've just finished The Heart Goes Last, which I really enjoyed.

StealthPolarBear Sun 04-Sep-16 07:55:57

Oh hang on is that fiction ? Id prefer non fiction if possible. Sorry shold have mentioned. I'll have a look though.

Blerg Sun 04-Sep-16 07:59:36

Following. I was going to ask this too, though interested in fiction and non fiction.

Women in entertainment with feminist types themes in their books:
Tina Fey, Bossypants (I love this one)
Amy Poehler,Yes Please (didn't get on with it)
Caitlin Moran, How to be a Woman - I know lots of people on MN don't like her, but I do.

Lena Denham and Mindy Kaling also but haven't read.

StealthPolarBear Sun 04-Sep-16 08:01:57

Thank you. Read the caitlin moran one and enjoyed it

MuseumOfCurry Sun 04-Sep-16 08:04:53

The Feminine Mystique.

StealthPolarBear Sun 04-Sep-16 08:12:09

Just Googled and that looks really good. Suspect little has changed since the 1960s. I wonder if she or anyone else has written a follow up.

StealthPolarBear Sun 04-Sep-16 08:14:27

Thanks everyone. Lots to look into!

EmpressTomatoKetchup Sun 04-Sep-16 08:52:03

I thought the Lena Dunham book was a clever satire. But it isn't.

Anything by Caitlin Moran is a winner in my book, she is hilarious, passionate, witty.... even her Sali Hughes make up vids were quite funny.

Blerg Sun 04-Sep-16 20:17:41

Empress really?! I don't really know her or her work at all but always appears with those listed so I put her too. Is she awful?

Childrenofthestones Sun 04-Sep-16 20:54:54

"A God Who Hates" by Wafa Sultan.
A woman that set the Arab/Muslim world alight by simply having the nerve to stand up to a man on TV in a debate when he talked over her for the umpteenth time telling him to shut up as she hadn't finished talking.😱. Growing up in Syria under the severly patriarchal system there where she, as a qualified doctor, head of department at Allepo's main hospital she still had to seek the permission of her unqualified secondary educated brother before she could leave the house. Her determination to be independent and bravery at standing up to the system were amazing, also her description of the dynamics of Arab/Muslim men and women sheds light on the
Cologne rapes and assaults.

EmpressTomatoKetchup Sun 04-Sep-16 21:13:04

bleurg she just seems so self obsessed. She admits this too and is unapologetic about. I suspect the book is targeted for the teen selfie obsessed market. Shame really, she's a sort of poster girl for young feminists but is a real let down.

StealthPolarBear Sun 04-Sep-16 21:53:15

Stones that sounds amazing. I'll be ordering that plus others on this thread later

SenecaFalls Sun 04-Sep-16 23:44:15

I'm re-reading Blanche Wiesen Cook's biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Highly recommended.

BrillianaHarvey Sun 04-Sep-16 23:50:13

The Feminine Mystique blew my mind when I read it. So little has changed.
Were one to be feeling mischievous, one could mention the term 'busywork' on one of the perennial threads here about paid employment vs housewifery: light blue touch paper and retire.
Also everyone should have read The Female Eunuch.

LineyReborn Sun 04-Sep-16 23:51:48

Backlash by Susan Faludi is a cracking read.

MuseumOfCurry Mon 05-Sep-16 10:03:17

Is the Lena Dunham book even worth reading? She strikes me as a vapid post-(post?)-feminist. I really like Girls but that's strictly for its entertainment value (high).

ladybagpuss Mon 05-Sep-16 14:42:15

There's a book called Bad Feminist by a US writer, Roxanne Gay. It's interesting, she's had a complex life and writes very honestly about the negotiation of life and feminism, and of being a Black woman and a large woman. I'd love someone to discuss the book with so if you get it, give me a shout!

notagiraffe Mon 05-Sep-16 14:51:08

How To Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ is a classic.
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
In Search of Our Mother's Gardens - Alice Walker
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions - Gloria Steinem

Those are all old school feminist classics. I'd love some recommendations for modern feminist essays.

notagiraffe Mon 05-Sep-16 14:54:27

Naomi Wolf's Misconceptions about how a woman's status dissolves within her marriage, workplace and society as soon as she has a baby is really depressing but I found it horrifically accurate on the way men take control of the finances while the woman is on maternity leave and create a chasm. Even if it's grim, every woman should read it and take action against what happens.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 05-Sep-16 14:57:12

Can't believe no-one has mentioned Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine - popular book about neuroscience from a feminist perspective and very, very entertaining.

LineyReborn Mon 05-Sep-16 15:18:21

Oh and nothing by Camille Paglia.

russetbella1000 Mon 05-Sep-16 15:28:30

Yes Delusions of Gender...
Also, It's old and fiction but the Women's room Marilyn French good...

LineyReborn Mon 05-Sep-16 15:39:36

Susie Orbach's Fat is a Feminist Issue is also a fascinating read.

rockcake Mon 05-Sep-16 17:27:27

Your Mother Should Have Told You by Zoe Rene would be one of my top picks v little book deals with big issues, she's a feminist but not an angry one which makes for a much easier read , more fun.

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